Marcelo Bielsa watched on as his Leeds United side frustratingly suffered a home defeat to Wigan Athletic despite dominating the match – and it has seen Leeds fans criticise their Argentine manager on Twitter for his selection.
That is because the former Argentina and Athletic Bilbao boss chose not to include new signing Jean-Kevin Augustin the side to take on Wigan. With the Latics scoring on 59 minutes and Patrick Bamford struggling, supporters were annoyed.
Instead, Augustin was forced to watch from the stands once more after seeing his new side come from behind to beat Millwall 3-2 at Elland Road. Many supporters are excited at the prospect of the Frenchman coming into the Leeds side.
But Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Augustin must learn the Leeds way before he gets his chance. The France Under-21 star did play for Leeds’ Under-23 side against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday, lasting 45 minutes.
Without another recognised striker on the bench, though, Bielsa could not try something different up front. Indeed, Bielsa should have followed the example led by Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Tottenham chief Jose Mourinho.
Leeds’ rivals United finally managed to get a deal for Bruno Fernandes over the line, a day before deadline day while Spurs landed Bergwijn a short time before that. Both players started for their clubs over the weekend.
Bergwijn scored a spectacular volley against Premier League champions Manchester City, while Fernandes was named in BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks’ Team of the Week. Augustin, though, did not even warm the bench.
Yes, it is understandable that Bielsa does not want to throw Augustin at the deep end. But with every pointing counting between now and the summer – and promotion being the prize – Leeds need their best team to play every game.
For Leeds, even if he is not up to speed with Bielsa’s style, that is Augustin over Bamford. Bielsa should have followed Solskjaer and Mourinho’s example with Fernandes and Bergwijn, but instead suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Wigan – without Augustin.