Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United wrapped up their pre-season campaign with an impressive win over Segunda Division side Las Palmas on Sunday afternoon thanks to Kemar Roofe’s composed finish.
The Whites and the Spanish side played in a hard-fought game with a limited number of chances but it was Leeds who came out on top, though the Spaniards twice hit the cross bar.
Here are three things learnt from the clash…
Marcelo Bielsa isn’t afraid to experiment
Kalvin Phillips was just one of those to benefit from the new coach’s experimentation, playing in a deeper, more defensive role and despite being new to the position, he looked at home.
He was not alone in looking a new player under the new boss either, with Mateusz Klich’s performance catching the eye as he looked a thousand times the player who attracted the boo boys at Elland Road last season. If Bielsa can help to bring the best out of such players, transfer market action may not be as desperate as first thought.
Patrick Bamford’s arrival is much needed
Teesside Live believe that Bamford is ready for a Leeds medical on Monday as he closes in on a move to the club, believed to be for a fee of £7 million, and having a natural fox in the box will be just what the club needs.
The Whites were creating chances as they have throughout much of pre-season but were not able to finish them. Whilst Kemar Roofe is a good attacker, as his winning finish showed, but he lacks the natural instinct that a player like Bamford can boast on a regular basis.
A clean sheet was much needed
After two seven goal friendlies and no clean sheets, a shut-out was just what Leeds were looking for in their final pre-season outing. Results may not matter much in such friendly fixtures, but it will be a major confidence boost for the back line with less than a week to go until the opening fixture.
Marcelo Bielsa’s puzzle is finally coming together with the defence beginning to look solid as the attack has begun to look increasingly dangerous. This clean sheet is the next step along the path of progress.