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Leeds’ enforced change on Saturday may have changed the game

Leeds can count themselves a little unlucky to have lost to Fulham this weekend.

Indeed, the Whites had more of the ball and more shots on goal, but they struggled to carve out any real clear-cut chances as they were beaten 2-1 by Scott Parker’s side.

However, it was a game with a huge ‘what if’ in it, and one substitution that Marcelo Bielsa was forced into could have turned the tide in Fulham’s favour.


Leeds had made just one change from their 3-3 draw with Cardiff City the week prior as Liam Cooper came in for Gaetano Berardi.

It was clear that something had to change at the back as Leeds conceded three times in one game for the first time this season, but Bielsa seemed happy enough to continue with the same frontline after they found the net on three occasions against the Bluebirds.

However, just three minutes into proceedings, the Argentine had to go back to the drawing board as Pablo Hernandez went off injured.

Off the bench

Unfortunately, with Tyler Roberts also unavailable for selection, the 64-year-old didn’t have another true attacking midfield option to turn towards on the substitutes bench, so he had to bring Ezgjan Alioski into proceedings.

This saw the Macedonian move to left-back with Stuart Dallas taking up a role in the midfield.

Of course, trying to replicate the creativity and flair that Hernandez brings to a game is difficult, but Dallas didn’t come close to doing the Spaniard’s job.

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Can you name which season Leeds signed this flop?

His heatmap shows that he spent way too much time out wide, rather than playing in the number 10 role vacated by the 34-year-old.

He only made one key pass, and he was also too wasteful in possession as his pass success rate was just 60%.

Losing Hernandez so early removed a lot of the danger from Leeds’ attacks, and in the end, they couldn’t turn their possession into goals as easily without the Spaniard’s presence.

Meanwhile, it seems as if Leeds have identified an alternative to signing Rhian Brewster.

Article title: Leeds’ enforced change on Saturday may have changed the game

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