For the first time all season, Marcelo Bielsa could have a severe selection headache heading into tomorrow’s clash with Preston.
Leeds are lacking goals and this was apparent when they were unable to apply the finishing touches to four key chances against an out of form Birmingham City at the weekend.
The focus now turns to a Preston North End side that are challenging for the playoffs and deadly on a good day. A loss over the Pennines could be lethal in giving Sheffield United the perfect opportunity to strike a fatal blow in our promotion hopes with a win against Birmingham City.
Leeds’ fate is now out of their hands, but the pendulum could swing again at any moment and they need to be ready to strike.
The Whites now have a somewhat fit Kemar Roofe and a somewhat out of form Patrick Bamford.
With Roofe, it may be too soon for him to start a game, the point is that if he’s now ready for action, we’re in need of a player who can get the crucial goals and the ‘Man on Fire’ has shown it time and time again over the past 18 months.
Bamford had shown the season had ended when Roofe was crocked and expected to miss most of the close to the season. However, it has shown in recent weeks that he can be isolated up front by himself and needs some clinical support.
In steps Roofe, but not as an auxiliary midfielder or in the Pablo role, but a partner in crime to get the goals we need.
This may mean that Bielsa has to deviate from his preferred formation and push toward a more dangerous 4-1-3-2, but if that is the case, the fitness the players have in getting back to defend should make this a non-issue.
If we allow Pablo the space in the middle along with the support of Phillips, Clarke and Harrison getting back, the ball is likely to drop to one of Roofe or Bamford in perfect space to make it count.
These six cup finals are everything we’ve waited fifteen years for, now if the time to get that kitchen sink and throw it as hard as we can.
What’s your opinion? Should there be a Roofe/Bamford partnership or who would you start tomorrow? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham