Marcelo Bielsa will know the importance of Leeds United backing up Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough in the coming week, with Swansea City the visitors at Elland Road on Wednesday.
Leeds had to wait until the 101st minute to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat at Boro, which could begin to look like a valuable moment if Bielsa’s side can record a victory over Swansea.
They will be confident of doing that and have even been handed an early boost, with Swansea boss Graham Potter confirming to the club’s official website that Oli McBurnie is a doubt for the game.
Whilst Swansea will give their top goalscorer every chance of making it, his absence would be a certain boost for Leeds.
With that in mind, we take a look at THREE reasons why this emerging team news will delight Leeds…
McBurnie’s form this season
The 22-year-old has been on fire this season for the Swans, spearheading Potter’s attack.
In 30 appearances in the league he’s scored 13 goals and registered four assists.
McBurnie is brimming with confidence and looks a real handful on his day.
Leeds will be glad if he’s not in the starting XI tomorrow.
The problems he caused back in August
Leeds battled to a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture, coming from behind twice.
McBurnie scored both Swansea’s goals, showing different skills with each effort.
The first came from a powerful run, whilst the second was a looping header, which showed the striker’s dominance in the air.
He was a problem all evening and deserved to be on the winning side.
What the fixture means to him
McBurnie is Leeds-born and was at the club’s academy at a young age.
He never made it at Elland Road, which only adds to how much he wants to prove himself against the Whites.
Not having to face a player with that kind of attitude helps Leeds.