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Leeds risk starting slowly after Marcelo Bielsa takes a stand

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more… 

According to reports from Football Insider, Marcelo Bielsa is set to take a stand against Leeds United’s pre-season tour of Australia by leaving all of his new signings and players who have been on international duty at home.

The report states that Ezgjan Alioski, Mateusz Klich, Jamie Shackleton, Helder Costa, Ben White, Liam McCarron and Jack Clarke could all be left at home.

We saw last season that players who didn’t have a full pre-season under Bielsa struggled at the beginning of the campaign, so leaving out eight players who could be crucial for the Whites seems like it could bring about issues at the start of the campaign.

Last season

Leeds left a lot of their business until late last season, so that meant that some players didn’t get a full or in-depth pre-season to learn the manager’s tactics.

The two players who suffered with this most were Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison.

Bamford scored just once in his opening seven games as he struggled to get to grips with Bielsa’s system, while Harrison had similar issues as he contributed to just one goal before January.


Leaving Alioski and Klich at home makes some sense as those two have played plenty of games under the Argentine, and they will know precisely what they are doing in his system. However, leaving the new signings and youngsters such as Shackleton and Clarke out of the squad is baffling.

We’ve seen the problems they have had when their players don’t get a full pre-season, so why would Bielsa inflict that on himself?

Leeds are already in danger of starting slowly as Bielsa’s system may have been figured out, and this certainly doesn’t help the Whites’ cause.

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If anything, last season proved that the new signings need more attention than any other players, so this move may prove to be completely counter-productive.

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