A graphic from InStat Football has revealed the tactical shift made by Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa over the last few weeks, which has drawn an interesting reaction from fans of the Yorkshire club.
Bielsa’s side picked up their fifth win on the bounce by hammering Middlesbrough 4-0 at Elland Road on Saturday.
Patrick Bamford opened the scoring for the Whites, Mateusz Klich grabbed a brace and Helder Costa scored his first Championship goal for the club.
The result means Leeds have now picked up nine points from a possible nine since the international break, with wins over Luton Town, Reading and Boro, and it appears that is down in part to a tactical shift from Bielsa.
Leeds' average player positions map over our last four matches. Marcelo Bielsa has switched up from a flexible 4-1-4-1 to a fluid 3-5-2 system the past three games. [Source: @InStatFootball]. #LUFC #MOT #Tactics pic.twitter.com/7hUT9U6O7l
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) December 2, 2019
The image seems to show that the Argentine coach has switched from a 4-1-4-1 formation seemingly to a more fluid 3-5-2 formation.
The graphic and the tactical shift itself certainly appear to have caught the attention of many Leeds fans, who took to Twitter to express their thoughts.
Read the reaction of Whites supporters here:
I’m loving that Bielsa has realised that it’s impossible for Leeds to have good left backs, so he’s just not bothering using one.
— Dan Holdsworth (@HOLDSWORTH___) December 2, 2019
Really liking that we can switch between the 2 formations now, without too much disruption…..wether it’s match to match or in game. This season feels quite a bit different to last watching in.. we’re moving along at a really steady pace 🧐
— 420 Scotty win 💙💛 (@420Win) December 2, 2019
Very visible too, more long balls through to Bamford from middle of the park. Opposition don’t know if we’re gonna slow build fairly short passes (as before) or go long – leaves them in two minds, creating spaces for us either way
— James Clark (@clarkjames70) December 2, 2019
The overload on the right hand side has become more obvious. The space Harrison has open on the left. Clever system. Overload and switch.
— Lord Bielsa (@LordBielsa) December 2, 2019
Love we trick teams. Last season they knew all we woild do is try and build up from back so pressured us from their front and stopped us. This season we can switch between formations and the style of play – we can go 4141 352 343 all in same game and go short passing or hoofball
— samuel gallagher (@samuelgallaghe2) December 2, 2019
Love this. We have a right back, Ayling, but no left back. Instead it’s either Dallas on the cover, or Cooper while KP drops central. The result is we have 3 CAMs available behind Paddy.
— Matt (@_mattf7) December 2, 2019
I like Eddie but Bamford’s workrate, positional sense and linking up play is excellent – difficult to see Bielsa replacing him unless he goes on another goalless spell. Wouldn’t mind seeing Eddie and Bamford as a striking pair though.
— Mikey P 💛💙💛💙 🏴🇬🇧 (@MikeyPleeds) December 2, 2019