Ian Holloway has backed Marcelo Bielsa’s decision to keep Helder Costa and Eddie Nketiah on the bench even though the pair linked up ruthlessly against Brentford on Wednesday night.
The two players arrived on loan from Wolves and Arsenal respectively and they both joined with big reputations.
However, the Whites boss has decided to keep them on the fringes, although they changed the game against the Bees in the week. A superb run from Costa saw him set up Nketiah for the only goal as Leeds moved back to the top of the league.
That prompted suggestions that the pair should be starting but Holloway told EFL on Quest that it takes time to adapt to the specific tactics that Bielsa implements.
“They haven’t earnt the right to be in there yet. He’s adding them to the squad because they lost Kemar Roofe but he needs them to learn his pressing structure.”
The former promotion-winner also outlined the importance of Leeds’ form at Elland Road as they look to finally make it back to the Premier League.
“Their home form was looking a little bit wobbly if you add last year, you disappoint your crowd, they wanted to go up. This year, here we go lads, lets go. A big test against a very good Brentford side.”
You have to agree with Holloway’s assessment here as it does take time to adapt to how Bielsa wants to play.
The Argentinian’s approach is well-known and the players have to deliver on every exact detail that he demands and that can be tough when you are coming from a different environment.
But, the early signs are positive, with Costa and Nketiah working hard when they are given a chance and they made a huge impact against Brentford. It’s now about building on that and it won’t be long before they are in the XI as the quality they have is unquestionable.
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