Gone are the memories of free scarves, last season and a bad game in May. Leeds are back with a bang.
An opener away from home at Ashton Gate in an opponent like Bristol City looked a daunting task. A team that had threatened playoff football and can pull off a shock against a top side.
However, that Lee Johnson lead side didn’t come out to play with Leeds’ free flowing football and by the time the whistle had gone, Leeds had delivered their first hammering of the season.
A wonder-strike from Pablo Hernandez gave Leeds the lead after chances had gone begging, the Spanish wizard guided the ball into the net with a beautiful left footed shot.
The power pressing had once again given Leeds the edge in a game that restricted Bristol to only a handful of chances, their closest being a poor punch from Casilla, only for him to redeem himself from Brownhill’s shot.
Leeds doubled their lead with Patrick Bamford opening his tally for the season with a powerful header past Bentley after some incredible intricate football before Hernandez teed the striker up.
It wasn’t long before Leeds had a third with Dallas exploiting acres of space before squaring the ball to Klich, who’s effort ricochet off a defender and fell to Harrison to tap in.
The main question had been Leeds’ defensive frailty, which was questioned when Bristol pulled a goal back through Weimann and pushed forward to change the game.
Ben White was almost unbearably brilliant with his passing and ability to beat a man, a player that will soon make fans forget about Pontus if he continues his current play.
With Bielsa somewhat guaranteeing the sale of Kemar Roofe pre-game, many eyes would have been on Patrick Bamford who delivered a fine display upfront. Moving into space and coming back to get the ball meant Leeds had more energy and space in there front trio. More games like that and Bamford’s booers will soon be forgotten.
Man of the match: Pablo. Always. At 34 this man is still one of the best in the Championship. A goal and an assist along with taking the life of several Bristol players, the talismanic technician has not lost a bit of skill over the summer.
Leeds may have shown some questionable decisions for a small part of the game but one thing sticks, Bielsa is back and so are his boys.
By Ryan Ingham