By Craig Scott

1st Jul, 2020 | 4:00pm

Bielsa explains why Berardi was subbed on & off again in Leeds draw v Luton

Marcelo Bielsa was forced into a number of changes on Tuesday night as Leeds United drew 1-1 against Luton at Elland Road.

Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas both picked up injuries in the stalemate while Bielsa also had to make tactical alterations to try and stop his side from losing to the relegation-threatened Hatters.

When Cooper went off injured in the 12th minute, Berardi came on as a like-for-like replacement.

Although the former Sampdoria defender impressed Bielsa, the Argentine hooked him off at half time with Ezgjan Alioski coming on to replace him.

Bielsa has now explained the decision was tactical and not forced.

“The first period Berardi was on the pitch I think he defended very well without making fouls, he was very flexible, quick and good with the ball, but when I decided to put Alioski on the pitch, I decided to take Berardi off,” said Bielsa, as quoted on Leeds’ official site.

“That allowed Dallas to attack more than Ayling on the right and Alioski more than Dallas on the left.”

Bielsa’s methods are unlike that of any manager in the Championship.

It is not very often you see a manager send on a player to replace someone who is injured and then take him off not long after for a tactical change.

Bielsa is a fan of making a substitution at half time, especially when his side are not playing as well as they should be.

Alioski is a game-changer – he has proven that time and time again with his energy and pace down the wing.

The North Macedonia international played brilliantly against Luton after coming off the bench and might get to start against Blackburn now that Dallas is injured.

It is good that Berardi isn’t injured as well and there’s no doubt the Swiss defender will understand Bielsa’s decision to throw him on and take him off.

In other Leeds United news, Leeds have approved next season’s transfer budget – and it’s massive.