Though the wheels haven’t fallen off at Leeds United, they certainly require some attention, following defeat at Ewood Park to Blackburn on Saturday afternoon, with questions being raised about manager Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics for the first time.
In particular, the return of striker Kemar Roofe raised a few eyebrows, not for the fact that he returned but that Bielsa played him out on the right wing rather than through the middle as expected, that spot was retained by forward Tyler Roberts.
So was the decision to play Roofe out wide the right one?
I believe it was the wrong decision to start Kemar Roofe.
Marcelo Bielsa would have been better off introducing him from the bench and keeping Tyler Roberts up top instead of playing him out of poison on the wing.
One positive is it is more minutes under the belt of the striker ahead of Wednesday’s home clash with Ipswich Town – a game you expect him to start.
A disastrous move from Bielsa.
With all due respect to Tyler Roberts, it should be Roofe playing down the middle up front, with Roberts out wide.
Roofe has been in excellent form when playing this season and has been Bielsa’s main outlet for goals so it is vital he plays Roofe in a more central role for their next game.
No, of course not.
Oxford fans will be shuddering at the thought.
They’ve seen what Roofe does through the centre and when he first went to Leeds him starting out wide was horrific to them.
Here’s the sequel, very unlike Bielsa to make such a silly error.
I don’t think it was the right move at all.
Leeds have been crying out for Roofe’s movement and pace up front, so to put him out on the wing was utterly bizarre – he looked isolated.
Bielsa rarely gets things wrong, but this was a mistake.
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