By Mark Smith

8th Nov, 2020 | 7:00am

MOT View: Two debuts needed - Three things learned about Leeds in defeat v Palace

Leeds United fell to their second 4-1 defeat of the week against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

Marcelo Bielsa made a couple of changes to his side, bringing in Pascal Struijk and Ezgjan Alioski for the trip to Selhurst Park.

It was a game full of controversy, with Patrick Bamford having a goal ruled out by a disgraceful call by VAR.

Scott Dann, Eberechi Eze, Jordan Ayew and a Helder Costa own-goal saw the Whites fall to yet another disappointing defeat.

Bielsa was not happy on the touchline, and Victor Orta was even pictured raging in the stands through the game.

MOT Leeds News have picked out three things learned v Palace…

1. Creative spark missing

Bielsa once again changed system to combat Palace, and all it did was completely destroy the Whites’ in an attacking sense. Both Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez were missing from midfield and that hole was screaming out for one of those two sparks for the entire game. Mateusz Klich was pushed forward, and although he did well, there was too much responsibility for one player and that told as the game went on.

2. Kirkland proved right

Chris Kirkland claimed before this game that Illan Meslier’s inexperience could lead to the Whites bringing in another keeper, and today proved that he was right. The French youngster was shocking against Palace, with his positioning simply schoolboy standard at times. If this continues, there is no excuse for him to be starting, and if Hernandez can be dropped, it shows that no one is safe. Should Kiko Casilla leave, a new stopper could arrive, and he could come in as number one.

3. Two full debuts on horizon?

Raphinha came off the bench at Selhurst Park, and once again caught the eye in his cameo. The Brazilian is showing he can unlock a defence with ease in games, completing 17 passes in key areas [WhoScored]. Robin Koch, on the other hand, is a signing going in the opposite direction. The German international once again made numerous mistakes and needs to toughen up very quickly for the Premier League. With Diego Llorente nearing full fitness, it could be time for Leeds fans to see two full debuts around the corner, with these two clearly having a case.

In other Leeds United news, Bielsa shares why Pablo Hernandez missed Palace clash

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