Much was made of Ben White moving up to take Kalvin Phillips’ defensive midfield position for Leeds United against Millwall.
As it turned out, White played a more typical role, with Stuart Dallas, Mateusz Klich and Pablo Hernandez playing in a midfield three.
It was a switch-up of the normal 4-1-4-1 Bielsa system and it ended up working brilliantly in the end, with Klich putting in a monster performance.
White did move up to the midfield spot later on as Leeds looked to hold a game it seemed they’d got no chance of winning after the first half.
The switch might have happened because of a mystery injury to Gaetano Berardi. He was missing from the 1-0 defeat to QPR with Bielsa saying afterwards he had an issue that wasn’t serious.
However, he was also missing from the Millwall squad and weirdly, Bielsa didn’t give an update on him after the game or in this week’s press conference, so we’re assuming that he’s injured and there’s nothing else going on with the player who’s out of contract in the summer.
The fact there’s been no update on Berardi in his last two press conferences is odd, though, and not in keeping with how Bielsa normally operates.
If he’s missing again on Saturday then we’d expect Bielsa to run with the same system he did in the 3-2 win against Millwall.
There are issues with this. Dallas isn’t as effective in midfield as he is in the full-back spots, but Gjanni Alioski was a big part of the Leeds revival in the second half on Tuesday.
Patrick Bamford will lead the line again after scoring a brace, with new striker Jean-Kevin Augustin looking on.
Ian Poveda will be on the bench as well, as the two new signings get to grips with Bielsa’s penchant for sticking with an unchanged team where possible.
We do expect to see Augustin involved on Saturday, depending on how the match is going.
If he does make his debut, expect Elland Road to erupt for a player who they’ve already taken to their hearts. Rejecting Man United to sign for Leeds will do that for a player.
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