The Chalkboard: Mateusz Klich did nothing wrong & Leeds need more of his attitude

Jonathan Kodjia down on the turf, holding his leg and hurt.

A number of Aston Villa players had stopped, expecting the ball to be kicked out so the Ivorian could receive treatment, but why?

The referee is only required to stop the game if it is a head injury, which Kodjia’s wasn’t.

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So, when Mateusz Klich raced through and finished confidently to kick his side into the lead, a number of Villa players reacted angrily and got to grips with the Pole for his apparent lack of sportsmanship – however, why didn’t the Villa players play to the whistle?

Marcelo Bielsa instructed his players to gift Villa an equaliser, much to the annoyance of Pontus Jansson who tried to prevent the goal from happening against his manager’s wishes.

Is it this charitable attitude which has cost Leeds a place in the automatic promotion positions?

Klich and Jansson showed a winning mentality, something that evidently isn’t instilled in Bielsa or the rest of the players who didn’t protest the decision.

Bielsa’s methods, in which he appears to have sapped all of the energy from his players at this late stage of the season due to his intense demands, have already come under fire amid this late season collapse.

However, that is the physical aspect of the game. Leeds have led the table for long periods of the current campaign, although after Sunday’s draw against Villa, the mental side of their disappointing fall-off can now be brought into the conversation.

How much do Leeds want it? Players such as Patrick Bamford, whose pathetic play-acting got Anwar El Ghazi sent off, aren’t showing enough desire. Bielsa isn’t showing enough desire himself to get Leeds to where they need to be – would Chris Wilder or Daniel Farke have allowed the ball to be walked into their net when an automatic promotion place is still mathematically possible?

It is a team game, admittedly, and everyone has to be pulling in the same direction; clearly, not all of the Leeds players and staff are on the right page when it comes to the mentality adopted at Elland Road.