Leeds United have decided to relay the pitch at Elland Road after Marcelo Bielsa’s men struggled in swamp-like conditions against Brighton last week.

An image surfaced on social media on Thursday which showed work underway at Elland Road to replace the cut-up turf in time for Leeds’ next home match, which is against Everton on February 3.

The Athletic journalist Phil Hay has now responded to the image that’s doing the rounds on Twitter, reporting that the club is in fact replacing the pitch.

Writing via his personal Twitter account, the ex-Yorkshire Evening Post journalist said: “[It’s a] short-term measure. The main refit in the summer involves digging up all the drainage and foundations. Takes months rather than weeks so has to wait until then.

“The surface can be replaced quickly and in a very short window but that doesn’t resolve the bigger issue with it. It does make it better in the short term though.”

Finally

There is quite a big gap in between home games for Leeds so now is the best time to dig up the Elland Road cabbage patch and replace it with a fresh, new carpet-like surface instead.

Although both teams play on that cut-up pitch, Marcelo Bielsa won’t change his style of play and he likes his team to play a lot of fast-paced passes on the deck. With how wet the pitch was before, it was also more tiring on the legs and Bielsa needs his players at full-pelt for his system to work.

According to stats by Wyscout, Leeds have the highest challenge intensity in all of Europe’s top-five leagues. For every minute of opponent possession, Leeds have completed 8.1 duels, tackles and interceptions. Eibar are second at 7.2 and Southampton third with 7.0.

Leeds have won just three of their nine home games this season and four of their nine away matches so Bielsa’s men have done better playing away from the soggy, heavy pitch at Elland Road.

As Hay says, this is a short-term fix that will hopefully benefit the Whites for the rest of this season but more works must be done in the summer to ensure it doesn’t happen again next winter.

In other Leeds United news, the Premier League have ordered the Whites to make another change at Elland Road.

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