Leeds United had been sensible of their win towards Aston Villa on Friday, however one factor definitely needed to be a degree of concern for Marcelo Bielsa within the wake of the Whites’ victory.
Certainly, Pascal Struijk’s 20-minute cameo in defensive midfield was nothing in need of a catastrophe.
The 21-year-old was chosen to fill-in for the injured Kalvin Phillips, however after three clumsy challenges within the early levels of the match, Bielsa had seen sufficient as he selected to sub off the Dutchman earlier than he picked up a second yellow card.
There are definitely classes to be discovered from this, and sadly, Bielsa could also be again to sq. one in the case of in search of a Phillips alternative.
The 24-year-old is out for the subsequent six weeks, and the Argentine thought he might belief Struijk to step into his function, but it surely took simply 20 minutes for him to be confirmed mistaken on that entrance, and it’s a mistake that he shouldn’t make once more.
Now, we’re not making an attempt to ignore the teenager as a participant, Bielsa clearly charges him extremely extremely, describing him as a ‘full participant’ and ‘precious’, however he’s fairly clearly not suited to taking part in within the lynchpin function in Bielsa’s 4-1-4-1 formation.
Will Leeds cope with out Kalvin Phillips?
He’s way more completed as a centre-back and that’s the place he ought to play going ahead, particularly when you think about that there’s a higher defensive midfield possibility proper beneath Bielsa’s nostril.
Certainly, Robin Koch is extra skilled than Struijk in that function, taking part in there 58 instances in his profession, so it makes loads of sense to simply swap these two round within the beginning XI.
After all, Bielsa could have one other resolution in his thoughts and it’ll be attention-grabbing to see how Leeds line-up towards Leicester subsequent week, however one factor is for certain, Struijk shouldn’t play in defensive midfield once more.