By Joe Roberts

5th Oct, 2023 | 3:40pm

Celebrity Leeds Fan suggests 'other things at play' for 'absent' Joel Piroe v QPR

Simon Rix, member of the band Kaiser Chiefs, has questioned if there may be “other things at play” for Joel Piroe after his Leeds performance against Queens Park Rangers.

Speaking on BBC Sport’s Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet podcast (4 October), the bassist noted that Piroe did not have a huge impact on the game, but noticed the opposition performed better after he was substituted for Patrick Bamford after the hour mark.

Rix claimed that the Dutchman was better in a deeper position in behind Georginio Rutter and claimed the pair starting was mostly successful.

Rix said: “Piroe has been a bit absent but has been in the right place when needed. Maybe there are other things at play, he’s playing deeper so he’s more solid.

“QPR were having more joy when Piroe came off. Everybody always wants to say what needs to change, but I don’t think there’s much wrong.”

On and off

Piroe’s start to life at Leeds has been little short of exceptional. Last season, albeit in a tougher league, the Whites struggled to get the goals at all, but now have prolific options across the squad.

Bamford’s constant injuries and the lack of threatening options was a key reason for relegation. A strong and prolific attacking option was needed for the promotion push, and Leeds splashed up to £16million on the 24-year-old in hopes he’d be just that.

With four goals in the Championship this season, the best in the Leeds squad and double second-place Rutter, he has single-handed won the Whites points this season. He is also rather versatile, and Daniel Farke has dropped him deep frequently this season, but wherever he plays he seems to get the goals.

In some games, notably against QPR and Hull City, his presence is not massively felt. He often struggles to get on the ball or make an impact on the game and with 76.3% pass accuracy, the 18th in the squad, he can have trouble keeping the ball.

However, he remains young and has shown more than enough for Leeds fans to be on side for who looks to be their biggest goal threat this season.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has revealed that Daniel Farke was surprised by Max Wober’s transfer U-turn this summer