Here are the headlines from Leeds United on Sunday, June 28.
Leeds thanks Bielsa for crucial victory
Orchestrated by the sniper Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds United oversaw a ruthless and effective 3-0 victory over Fulham, who automatically continues promotion this weekend.
Leeds’ offensive movements were clean, precise and devastating, leaving a flat-footed Fulham in their wake. The success of Leeds’ first closed-door match at Elland Road since the restart was largely due to the genius of Marcelo Bielsa.
As the team led 1-0, Patrick Bamford and Helder Costa, who combined for the first goal, were replaced. Bielsa replaced the duo with Pablo Hernández and Ezgjan Alioski who offered the Whites a threat of counterattack.
The Spaniard’s ability to play balls over and Fulham’s inability to cope with a multidimensional Leeds led Bielsa’s men to close the game with two more goals.
It was a great call from Bielsa but fully justified, and yet another example of the overall wisdom of man.
No fans, no problem
Leeds United defied expectations that they would suffer without their fervor home support sending Fulham 3-0 over the weekend.
Former United striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had suggested before kick-off that Leeds’ perceived dependence on Elland Road worshipers might prove to be a marginal disadvantage in their break-in.
However, a stellar demonstration by Jack Harrison has dispelled any fear that Leeds will have trouble reproducing its pre-lock form.
However, Elland Road was not completely empty. The Leeds players will have felt the support of thousands of people who paid to have their cardboard cutouts in the stands. Macedonian Madcap Ezgjan Alioski was seen cheering for full-time artificial support, which was well received by Leeds fans on social media.
It turned out that Marcelo Bielsa’s men did not need to follow the advice of former sniper Hasselbaink. Their next home game will be on Tuesday June 30 against the wrestlers from Luton Town.
Leeds doesn’t leave without fighting for whites
Ben white has been ubiquitous for Leeds United this season, playing every minute of the White League campaign. In the center back, he developed an excellent partnership with the Scottish international Liam Cooper, who conceded the fewest goals in the division.
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White’s loan agreement expires at the end of the current campaign but The Athletic insists that Leeds still have plans to sign the 22-year-old permanently.
It is reported that there is a continuing interest in concluding a permanent agreement, but the club’s expectations have been tempered by the intention of the parent club Brighton and Hove Albion to integrate it alongside them.
White is expected will be fielded as part of Graham Potter’s three-man central defense in the Premier League next season. This comes after another excellent performance by the young defender, who managed to keep a cover on the 23-goal scorer Fulham Aleksandar Mitrović in his 3-0 victory yesterday.