Leeds United will likely be trying to finish their stoop within the Premier League once they welcome table-toppers Arsenal to Elland Highway this afternoon and supervisor Jesse Marsch has a tricky choice choice to make.
The Gunners’ have had their quantity in fashionable instances because the Yorkshire outfit have did not defeat them since Might 2003 and extra lately, they’ve twice put 4 targets previous the Whites in a single sport, so the American head coach has a tricky process on his fingers, even when his aspect are at house.
Who ought to begin upfront vs Arsenal?
Leeds at the moment are winless by way of 5 outings since that shock victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge again in late August and Marsch’s males have notably struggled in entrance of objective, contending with inconsistencies and accidents.
The usually-talismanic Patrick Bamford was drafted in final weekend as they had been defeated 2-1 by Crystal Palace. He managed solely an hour earlier than he was hooked by Marsch, unsurprisingly, having registered only one shot on course, while he additionally missed one massive likelihood.
Certainly, Yorkshire Night Submit journalist Graham Smyth claimed the 29-year-old “regarded rusty” simply half-hour into the encounter, which is a slightly telling signal.
He regarded so off the tempo to the purpose the place questions must be requested over his suitability to begin matches proper now, because the ahead remains to be very a lot working his means again to full match health following a string of accidents.
Bamford and his struggles at Selhurst Park had been uncharacteristic nevertheless it might effectively be wiser to carry him off the bench for brief cameos as a substitute till he’s then able to put in a 90-minute masterclass up prime.
It’s not as if Marsch is gentle on choices – Spanish veteran Rodrigo leads the squad for targets (4), extensive menace Luis Sinisterra is again from suspension after which there are the unknown exploits of fellow summer season signing Wilfried Gnonto, a senior member of Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad.
To not point out younger frontman Joe Gelhardt, too.
Each Rodrigo (4) and the younger academy gem (4.8) outrank Bamford (3.5) for pictures per 90 this marketing campaign, through WhoScored, in order that additional highlights simply how off the tempo he’s, some 18 months after his 17-goal return in 2020/21.
Subsequently, it’s time for Marsch to make a brutal choice by axing the £35k-per-week light-weight in opposition to Arsenal this afternoon as it might profit them, not simply at the moment, but in addition in the long term as a fit-and-firing Bamford holds the keys to Leeds’ success within the foreseeable future.
A rusty ahead is barely holding them again in the meanwhile.
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