Leeds will head to Bramall Lane to play fifth-placed Sheffield United in the Championship’s early kick-off on Saturday, and manager Marcelo Bielsa must drop winger Ezgjan Alioski to the bench if the Whites are to rediscover their attacking form from earlier in the season.
Macedonian international Alioski has been in extremely poor form recently, failing to score or provide an assist in the past seven Championship games, despite starting every single one of them.
The 26-year-old’s poor spell peaked against Reading on Tuesday evening too as he was booked for a disgraceful dive before being hooked at half-time by Bielsa, who replaced him with 18-year-old Jack Clarke.
In total this season, Alioski has netted three goals and provided three assists as Leeds sit second in the Championship table, but the Argentine boss must now start Clarke after the second-half performance against Reading.
For Leeds this season, a high proportion of their goals and chances created have come from crossing the ball into the box, and Alioski simply doesn’t do enough to justify his spot in the side.
Clarke has an extremely strong left foot and the youngster linked up well with summer signing Barry Douglas in midweek, allowing the attacking full-back to create chances galore.
Kemar Roofe has also proven himself to be extremely talented in the air, and he almost netted another header against Reading only for goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola to pull off a fantastic save.
Against Sheffield United then, Clarke must be given the nod from the start so Leeds can return to their main attacking threat which has eluded them in recent weeks.