Leeds chalked up yet another 4-1 loss after Crystal Palace made easy work of brushing aside their Premier League opponents. The back-to-back heavy defeats will not have gone down well with Marcelo Bielsa and morale in camp will be low. Arsenal await the Whites in their next game, which could prove to be another tough test for them.
After their loss to the Eagles, Leeds have slipped into 14th in the league table, now level on points with Manchester United. Helder Costa was unlucky to contribute an own goal but he wasn’t the only player to put in a poor performance.
Stuart Dallas was successful in just 74% of his attempted passes and none of his crosses. He also lost possession a worrying 19 times and was dribbled past twice (via Sofascore). This will be disappointing to both the fans and the player himself after he bagged himself a goal against Leicester.
His performance against Aston Villa was impressive too, registering three tackles, three interceptions and completing five of his attempted seven long balls.
Dallas’ inconsistent performances could be down to being played in several different positions. The £2.7million-valued defender’s versatility is something Bielsa can count on. But after playing further up the field today and at right-back against Villa, it seems he is more of a man to fill the gaps.
It will certainly be a disappointing loss for the Whites and a learning curve for the manager as he considers different tactics moving into their upcoming match against Arsenal. Bielsa has the international break to try out some new things on the training pitch and get the best out of his players.