Marcelo Bielsa is known for his loyalty when it comes to team selection and he told his pre-Wigan Athletic press conference – as quoted by Leeds Live – that he would not make any changes, to the frustration of Leeds fans.
Bielsa, of course, means no changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest. It means seven changes to the one that beat Salford City on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup, which saw Eddie Nketiah score a debut goal.
Kiko Casilla, Ben White, Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich all started on Tuesday and they will remain, while Stuart Dallas, Liam Cooper, Barry Douglas, Pablo Hernandez, Adam Forshaw, Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford return.
Bielsa jokingly remarked that a fan had told him not to name the team days before a match, before then informing the media that the starting eleven would be the same as the team that drew against Nottingham Forest.
“We cannot say the team two days before the game. One supporter told him he is giving too much away, between us it’s going to be the same team,” Bielsa hilariously remarked.
It means out-of-form Bamford will start despite lacking in confidence, after missing a plethora of chances against Nottingham Forest – before missing a one-on-one against Salford after replacing goalscorer Nketiah.
It has left Leeds fans frustrated on Twitter with many desperate to have seen Arsenal loanee Nketiah start, following his goalscoring debut and 25-year-old striker Bamford’s inconsistent form.
Ffs nketiah and Costa should start
— pinned (@backagain30) August 15, 2019
Love this… Would have loved it even more if he’d have said Costa and Nketiah start 😂
— James Courtney (@jcourts1991) August 15, 2019
Eddie needs to start asap we can't afford for any more points to be dropped because of the current CF
— Mark ⚽️🎸💛💙 (@Slaven167) August 15, 2019
Nketiah and costa unreal options to have off of the bench but sooner rather than later they should start.
— Ron (@ronaallleeds) August 15, 2019
For me we need to be starting Costa and Nketiah….we were much better when they were on the pitch
— Robert Friend (@ROBLUFC1984) August 15, 2019
I think I’d have a lot more faith in Eddie than Bamford, not bashing him but we can’t afford to drop points just to be loyal
— Paul O'Connell (@PaulOConnell100) August 15, 2019