The Chalkboard: Marcelo Bielsa should start Ryan Edmondson against Ipswich

With their fate now fully sealed Leeds United’s game against Ipswich poses a real opportunity for Marcelo Bielsa to experiment with his squad ahead of the playoffs.

The striker position has offered up a real conundrum for the Argentine in recent weeks with the suspension of Patrick Bamford and the questionable fitness of Kemar Roofe.

Chance to experiment

With Bamford picking up a two-game suspension after his simulation on Sunday, Bielsa will be without his first choice forward for the playoff semi-final first leg.

Roofe would usually be the obvious replacement for the former Villa man but the Whites’ top scorer has been irked by injury problems in recent months meaning that he has not completed a full 90 minutes since mid-February.

The game against the Tractor Boys is a chance for the Leeds manager to try something different and have a plan B if he is left without his two most deadly frontmen.

Edmondson should start

If Roofe can’t complete a full match and Bamford is suspended, then the Argentine will have to call upon Ryan Edmondson to play in one of the most important games of the Whites’ season.

Therefore, the 17-year-old should start the game against Ipswich so that he can embed himself into the squad and learn a little bit about playing in Bielsa’s system.

The game comes with no risk attached and it gives the manager a chance to weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of the youngster’s game.

On top of this, Ipswich are the worst team in the Championship so there is a decent chance that Edmondson could open up his account on Sunday with a goal.

If the striker does manage to find the back of the net at Portman Road, then he would head into the playoffs much more confident. The boost of scoring his first goal could potentially could help him put in a much stronger performance if Roofe’s fitness fails him and they are forced to call upon the teenager.