MOT View: Urgent change needed at Leeds despite 1-0 win, 20y/o could be answer
Leeds huffed and puffed on Saturday and ended up beating Birmingham 1-0.
Don’t let the three points mask a big problem, though.
We dominated the first half and didn’t score. Leeds had 70% of the possession and had eight shots to Birmingham’s two. Just two of those were on target. [Stats: SofaScore]
That’s been the story of the season at Elland Road where Marcelo Bielsa’s thrilling attacking side still hasn’t scored more than a single goal in a game.
The game against Birmingham was won in the second half but it could easily have been lost.
The visitors had 54% of the possession in the second 45 and had 14 shots to Leeds’ seven, with four on target.
You can see from SofaScore’s attack momentum graph that we were much better in the first half.
The big debate has been whether Eddie Nketiah should replace Patrick Bamford but it’s not that simple. The Arsenal youngster came on for Bamford at the start of the second half and Leeds were not as good.
You can’t blame Nketiah for this though and manager Marcelo Bielsa surely needs to look at a new system.
Pablo Hernandez is still out injured and he wasn’t on form before. Without him at his best Leeds suffer from a lack of creativity.
We looked much sharper when Tyler Roberts came on for Klich against Birmingham with 30 minutes to go and this was his best display since returning from injury.
Leeds need that urgency and creativity from the number 10 position and Roberts can provide it when he’s on form.
If Hernandez isn’t fit for Tuesday’s game against Preston then we’d like to see Roberts from the start and we’d like to see how he combines with Nketiah. We don’t play at Elland Road until November 2 and Bielsa needs to use that time to work out the answer to this big problem.
We think Roberts could be it.