Leeds United were unbelievable on Friday evening as they swept aside the previously unbeaten Aston Villa 3-0.

Patrick Bamford smashed home a second-half hat-trick at Villa Park to silence the home side, but it could have been even more for the Whites.

Marcelo Bielsa will take credit after he had to reshuffle due to the absence of both Liam Cooper and Kalvin Phillips through injury.

Pascal Struijk once again filled the Phillips shaped hole in midfield, and he endured a rollercoaster opening 20 minutes.

The Dutch youngster started confidently in possession, something you have to be in that role to make Leeds tick, but it changed quickly.

Struijk was cautioned for a late challenge on Jack Grealish and was perhaps lucky to get away with another foul on Douglas Luiz.

Bielsa had seen enough and actually sacrificed Struijk 20 minutes into the game, bringing on Jamie Shackleton to save his blushes of a potential red card.

Struijk has reacted to his sacrifice on his personal Instagram account, claiming he will learn from his mistakes in the game.

“I’ll learn from this,” he said. “Great team performance and congratulations Patrick Bamford with the three goals.”

It is all a learning curve for these youngsters, who have been given massive chances by Bielsa in his two and a half years at Elland Road.

El Loco likes to protect his players, and his decision proved to be brilliant, with Shackleton affecting the game massively moving forward in the second half.

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