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Leeds Boss Bielsa Plans To Make Key Changes

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Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has revealed how he could fit strikers Patrick Bamford and Eddie Nketiah in the same side.


Nketiah, who joined on loan from Arsenal in the summer, is the Whites leading scorer, despite not yet starting a Championship game this season.

Bielsa has preferred to go with Bamford, who has started every single league game this season despite not having scored since August.

Leeds have struggled in front of goal this season–scoring fewer goals than any of the other top nine teams in the Championship and finding the net just five times in their last seven games.

There have been calls from fans and former players for the striking duo to both be included in the starting XI and it appears that Bielsa has been musing over just that.

Speaking to The Athletic’s Phil Hay at a press conference ahead of the visit of QPR on Saturday, Bielsa suggested he could include Bamford and Nketiah in the same XI by playing one behind the other.

The Argentine coach added that he would not play either striker out wide because they were not comfortable in those roles.

Bielsa may not get the chance to try out his solution against QPR on the weekend as it has been revealed that Bamford is suffering from an ankle injury.

A win for Leeds against Mark Warburton’s side could see them go top of the Championship, should results elsewhere go their way.

The Verdict

These comments will likely be music to the ears of many Whites supporters, who have been calling for both strikers to be included in the same XI.

Bielsa faces a real dilemma, as Nketiah has looked the sharper in front of goal but there is no denying that Leeds seemed to lose some control on the game once Bamford was substituted against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.

It is going to be very interesting to see how Bielsa lines his team up against QPR, who are amongst the highest scorers in the division, particularly if Bamford recovers from his ankle issue.

If he does not, it looks as if we will see Nketiah get his first opportunity to start in the Championship.

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