Leeds United’s strong start to their returning Premier League campaign has hit a slump after suffering two back-to-back 4-1 defeats in their most recent fixtures. Both Leicester and Crystal Palace made easy work of beating the Whites, who have been struggling to create goalscoring opportunities.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side look completely different to the team that held Manchester City to a draw and hit three past Liverpool. As recently highlighted by former Leeds man Carlton Palmer, conceding goals doesn’t technically become an issue until a team starts losing their matches.
Indeed, their current form sees the Whites slip all the way down into the bottom half of the table. They have banked just ten points so far and have conceded the most amount of goals out of any other Premier League side.
Whilst they’ve impressed with performances such as their 3-0 over Aston Villa, one win in five isn’t the way Leeds will want to be going. Their other two wins of the season came over Sheffield United and Fulham, who are both relegation contenders as it stands. Bielsa must start to consider that his flat formation of 4-1-4-1 isn’t always the best way to go.
This formation has proved successful on just two occasions this season, once during their win over Fulham and against Man City in their shock 1-1 draw. The Argentinian’s stubbornness not to switch up personnel or change his formation could be detrimental to Leeds’ season and it could mean the opposition will suss them out easily.
Bielsa has international break to take to the drawing board and consider his options before the Whites prepare to face Arsenal. They cannot afford to face another drubbing, or they risk morale completely plummeting and their Premier League status being at risk already.