Jermaine Beckford has told Sky Sports he is desperate to see Marcelo Bielsa combine both Patrick Bamford and Jean-Kevin Augustin up front, as plenty continue to have their say on whether Bamford should be dropped.
Since joining Leeds in the summer of 2018, Bielsa has only ever played with one solitary striker. At times, when chasing a game, Bielsa has brought a second striker off the bench – but that is only very rarely.
Bamford is being criticised by supporters and pundits alike despite scoring 12 goals this season. He has scored just two goals in his last eight outings, both of which came in the 3-2 win over Millwall. Augustin, meanwhile, is yet to make his first start.
The French striker was signed on a loan-to-buy deal from RB Leipzig, and with such a big calibre, many feel he should start over Bamford. But Beckford sees things from a left-field angle, and wants the duo to combine.
“Augustin is going to be a hit. He’s very direct and powerful but he doesn’t quite look up to Bielsa’s standards in terms of fitness levels or body shape,” Beckford said.
“Every movement he makes is straight into the middle of the field and that is completely different to Patrick Bamford. [They] desperately need it. I would love to see the two of them [Augustin and Bamford] playing together.”
TBR’s view – Beckford’s view is nice, but not the Bielsa way
For Leeds, the Bielsa way has seen them go from a mid-table, play-off chasing side – to pre-season favourites to secure automatic promotion as champions. The one-striker system is a staple of the Bielsa way.
To change that at such a pivotal moment of the season would be foolish. Yes, combining Bamford with Augustin would see Leeds boast a much bigger threat going forward – but it would see Bielsa lose a man in midfield.
Kalvin Phillips changes games at the base of the midfield, but making him a box-to-box player would see him lose his edge. The best Leeds fans can hope for is Augustin gets up to speed quickly, and hits thr ground running.