Bielsa explains why Nketiah, Bamford are yet to start together for Leeds

Date published: Monday 23rd September 2019 10:24 - Jonny Whitfield

Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa has said that the reason why Eddie Nketiah and Patrick Bamford have not played together yet is because he wants Bamford to have two midfielders behind him in the team.

Nketiah came on as a substitute for Leeds in their 1-1 draw against Derby at the weekend, but has contributed goals from the bench, with notable efforts against Brentford and Barnsley helping to earn crucial wins.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, however, the Argentine boss insisted that having less support for Bamford would “worsen” his side’s attack.

“I think that your question is linked with the presence of Nketiah and Bamford together, because maybe we can be more efficient with those two players in the team, two goalscorers are in better condition to take advantage of 10 chances,” the manager said.

“But we should see which player we take out from the team and what is going to be the result if we take out one player behind the attackers,” continued Bielsa.

“My answer is, if we play with two goalscorers, maybe we take Forshaw, Klich or Shackleton out, I think that one centre forward without two midfielders behind him is going to worsen the building of the attack.

“So if you have two centre forwards in a team that doesn’t create a lot of chances, you cannot take advantage of the resource that you have. This is my way of thinking but I’m not sure that it is like that.”

Leeds return to action in the Championship when they face Charlton on Saturday.


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