Leeds’ supporters have taken to social media in numbers this evening, to react to the latest matchday squad named by boss Marcelo Bielsa.
The Peacocks are of course set to return to action shortly.
In the opening fixture of the Premier League weekend, Bielsa and co. have made the trip to St. James’ Park, for a meeting with Newcastle United.
Leeds, for obvious reasons, will head into proceedings in search of all three points, having endured a less than ideal start to the new campaign.
After impressing the masses en route to a 9th-placed finish in their debut campaign back in the top-flight last time out, the Whites have since struggled, bagging just two points from an available twelve.
Their most recent outing, meanwhile, saw tonight’s visitors put to the sword in altogether concerning fashion, in a 3-0 defeat at home to Liverpool.
‘A combined age of twelve’
As such, Leeds’ loyal fanbase were no doubt desperate to see a strong starting XI named by the club’s boss this evening, ahead of what many consider to be a must-win fixture.
And Marcelo Bielsa, to his credit, has since done his best to name precisely that, in the absence of the likes of Jack Harrison, Pascal Struijk, Diego Llorente and Robin Koch:
— Leeds United (@LUFC) September 17, 2021
It is not the starting line-up opted for by the Argentine, however, which has since piqued widespread attentions.
This, instead, has come in the form of Leeds’ bench at St. James’ Park.
Highlighting both the defensive injury crisis and lack of squad depth in the Peacocks’ ranks, a whole host of youngsters have taken their place alongside Bielsa’s first-team stars.
Many, in turn, have seen the funny side of things:
“And we go live to the Leeds bench…” pic.twitter.com/F1sjqhRCfi
— Tommo (@LUFC1992_v2) September 17, 2021
Just look at that bench! pic.twitter.com/iE2lbio53A
— Jack🇮🇨 (@R10Raphinha) September 17, 2021
Bench has a combined age of 12
— Brad💙🇵🇭 (@LUFCspindle25) September 17, 2021
hope you packed the nappies for the bench
— Simon Coston (@simoncoston) September 17, 2021
Who’s the baby sitter tonight on the bench
— stephen (@banditsteve123) September 17, 2021
Others of a Leeds persuasion, however, have made clear their concerns, amid the widespread agreement that those in a position of power at Elland Road did not do enough to strengthen the club’s ranks this past summer:
Look at that subs bench and tell me we invested wisely this window
— Kocha Kola (C) (@MMMMMNoodleSoup) September 17, 2021
So Roberts for Rodrigo at halftime and nobody else comes on no matter what?
— PD31 (@PMD31) September 17, 2021
We should have strengthened in the summer.
— Garry Pierrepont (@Weysider) September 17, 2021
That bench is why we needed a bigger squad
— Aaron Taylor (@AzzaLufc) September 17, 2021
That bench is a joke.
— Matthew (@mattd206) September 17, 2021
This article was edited by Ben Browning.
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