Leeds’ Mateusz Bogusz could help Patrick Bamford

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Mateusz Bogusz.

It’s a name you’re probably only familiar with if you pay close attention to the U23 side.

After his goal on Tuesday night for Poland’s U21s against their Serbian counterparts, it’s time we took a look at him and how he could be the solution to Leeds’ lack of goals.

Because let’s face it, at this stage there isn’t really such a thing as a bad idea, they need all the help they can get.

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With people praising Patrick Bamford for his hold up play, perhaps Leeds have got things wrong with how they are working by making Bamford the out and out goalscorer in the 4-1-4-1/4-3-3 formation.

If you switch things up and go to more of a 4-2-3-1 and have Bogusz acting as the central attacking midfielder, but playing more as a ‘second striker’ rather than a creative number ten, it could give the 26-year-old some much-needed help.

Beside Bogusz in this formation, you can have a ‘strength and skill’ partnership upfront, with the two wide men, be they Pablo Hernandez, Jack Harrison or Helder Costa acting as the prime creators.

Take a look at the goal he scored in pre-season against Western Sydney Wanderers – it showed great awareness of getting into space in the box, and then the finish wasn’t bad either.

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There’s a finisher in there somewhere and scoring six goals for Polish side Ruch Chorzow last season shows there is definitely potential to be had at senior level. That’s not just from open play but also from set-pieces after his free-kick against Millwall too.

Age shouldn’t be a factor when it comes to the Pole either.

Marcelo Bielsa has shown that he’s willing to give young players a go, with the likes of Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton both getting plenty of games under the Argentine, although the majority of former’s came last year as opposed to this.

Should Bielsa hand a chance to Bogusz?

Yes

Yes

No

No

As mentioned earlier, given Leeds’ lack of ability to turn chances into goals, sitting tenth in terms of the number of times they’ve found the back of the net, they shouldn’t be averse to trying different ideas and formations to try and get it to work.

If Bielsa isn’t going to change Bamford for Eddie Nketiah, then perhaps he needs to look at who he can play with him rather than in place of him.

It could just prove game-changing for the former Middlesbrough forward.

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