Marcelo Bielsa’s press conference on Thursday confirmed some of Leeds fans’ worst nightmares.
United supporters have been calling for Patrick Bamford and Kiko Casilla to be dropped for quite some time now, but the Argentine has confirmed that they will be starting against Bristol City.
Bielsa was taking part in his weekly press conference ahead of Saturday’s game.
Understandably, the manager was asked about any changes he’s going to make, specifically about his goalkeeper and his striker.
The gaffer was straight to the point with his response, making it very clear that he’s going to remain loyal to his current first-choice men in those roles.
“Casilla is going to play. And Bamford as well,” Bielsa said.
We hate to criticise a man who has previously been hailed as the best coach in the world, but there’s simply no way to justify this decision.
You can kind of understand Bamford starting, he’s not been any worse than we’ve seen before, going just three games without a goal, compared to a mammoth run of 10 goalless games earlier this term. On top of that Jean-Kevin Augustin isn’t 100 per cent match fit, and Paul Merson speculated earlier this week that it could take three months for him to get up to speed.
However, the decision to leave Casilla in goal is beyond baffling.
The Spaniard has been nowhere near the standard required for a long time now, and after his mistake on Tuesday, Phil Hay even stated that his head has gone.
Persevering with the former Real Madrid man is almost self-sabotage at this point, and while Bielsa thinks that he’s doing the right thing, this type of blind loyalty has already cost the team dearly.
With just three points separating Leeds from seventh place, this continued support of Casilla could prove fatal.