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Ian Holloway comments on Marcelo Bielsa’s stubborness when picking Leeds side

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Ian Holloway comments on Marcelo Bielsa’s stubborness when picking Leeds side

Ian Holloway has told Quest’s coverage of EFL highlights that even though Marcelo Bielsa has been stubborn when it comes to picking his Leeds United side, he believes the Argentine gaffer has got to remain like “a mule”.

Bielsa, 64, has insisted on starting Patrick Bamford up front this season despite having a goal drought since netting four times in August. Many supporters have been calling on Bielsa to drop Bamford and start Eddie Nketiah up front instead.

But with Arsenal loanee Nketiah struggling with an abdominal injury, Bamford started against Blackburn on Saturday and was pivotal to the result. He ended his drought with a goal from the spot, before handing Jack Harrison a stunning assist.


Asked whether Leeds should look to sign a striker in January or continue with Bielsa’s faith in Bamford, former Premier League manager Holloway responded by urging Bielsa to remain stubborn. Holloway also applauded defender Ben White.

“He’s a mule. he can’t ever change. I don’t want him to change. He is who he is, he’s a maverick. Defensively I think they’re better this season, White has been absolutely outstanding after that they got rid of Jansson,” Holloway said.

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TBR’s view – Bielsa’s stubborness has cost Leeds points this season

There have been points where playing Nketiah instead of Bamford would have seen Leeds put teams to the sword and gained a few more points, but there are also matches – Saturday for example – where Nketiah would have struggled.

The difference is that Nketiah is a much better finisher, but Bamford is capable of creating a goal just as much as he can score one. For now, Bielsa is left with Bamford up front, with Nketiah injured.

But Leeds fans have got to get behind Bamford because it looks unlikely that Bielsa will drop the ex-Chelsea ace.

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