Calls for two of the more promising members of the club’s academy setup to be handed a consistent chance to impress at senior level have mounted amongst the Leeds United faithful on Saturday.
Broja makes the difference
Marcelo Bielsa’s men returned to action a short time ago.
In their first outing on the back of the international break, the Peacocks made the trip to St. Mary’s Stadium, for a Premier League showdown with Southampton.
Leeds headed into proceedings desperate to build on a first 3-point haul of the campaign last time out, when a hard-fought matchup ultimately saw them get the better of Watford by a goal to nil.
Ahead of their latest test on Saturday, though, Bielsa was unable to call on any of star trio Kalvin Phillips, Raphinha or Patrick Bamford.
And, upon the final whistle sounding in Hampshire, such absences proved altogether costly.
Another underwhelming display eventually saw Leeds put to the sword by a solitary goal, netted by on-loan Chelsea man Armando Broja early in the 2nd-half.
Leeds, in turn, have been sucked within a solitary place of the Premier League’s relegation zone once more.
It should therefore come as little surprise to hear that, amid a start to the season which is quickly becoming nothing short of alarming, the Whites’ supporters have since made clear their frustrations.
Taking to social media in their droves on Saturday afternoon, the Leeds faithful have not been shy in pointing the finger of blame squarely at boss Marcelo Bielsa.
This comes amid the widespread agreement that youngsters Joe Gelhardt and Crysencio Summerville, moving forward, should be handed a consistent chance to impress with the club’s first-team squad, over the likes of Tyler Roberts.
Both Academy talents were introduced to the fray late on at St. Mary’s, but neither really given enough time to make a telling impact on proceedings.
Check out some of the best of Twitter below:
Roberts keeps on getting games and does nothing in those games. Why don’t we blood the likes of Gelhardt, Summerville and Bate who are tearing it up in the u23’s ? I adore Bielsa but I don’t see his appeal with Roberts at all. We miss Philips, Raphinha and Bamford big time !
— Steve LUFC (@haribododgson) October 16, 2021
There is no reason summerville and gelhardt aren’t on the pitch
— harrymcdermott (@harrymc71652458) October 16, 2021
WHY didn’t Bielsa make any subs at HT?
Too late these subs. #lufc
— N11 (@N11Whites) October 16, 2021
Why will Bielsa not make more subs? I don’t understand how he thinks Forshaw is going to change the game in our favour other than stopping them scoring more. We’ve got Greenwood, Summerville and Gelhardt on the bench, get them on!!! #LUFC
— Dom (@Dom_LUFC89) October 16, 2021
20 mins too late at least leeds fans have been saying for weeks even months what does bielsa see in Tyler Roberts
— ian burns (@ianpburns1) October 16, 2021
I love Bielsa. He has done things we dreamed of for years. But you can’t put square pegs in round holes. We’re a shadow of last season. Bielsa, please give youth a chance and @LUFC can we please back him in Jan?
— Adam Hassan (@adsy5981) October 16, 2021
35 mins too late,,, was poor first half like most
— tigerboy (@waynestockslufc) October 16, 2021
Roberts just isn’t up to the prem i’m afraid. He never delivers and slows everything down. Gelhardt needs to be given a fair chance over him soon.
— Woolly Sammoth (@Oli_Ginger_King) October 16, 2021
Wonder how much of a better impact Geldhart and Summerville would have had if they was thrown on earlier
— Brandon (@T_esterr) October 16, 2021
First time ever I’ve watched us under Bielsa and likened us to our Heckingbottom days. We could’ve played until next Saturday and not scored.
Baffles me how the likes of Gelhardt and Greenwood can’t get a proper chance but we continue with Roberts and Rodrigo. #LUFC
— Manners (@LTSManners) October 16, 2021
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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