Marcelo Bielsa offers damning Leeds assessment – and issues West Brom warning

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa won’t be including any of his youngsters in the squad to face West Bromwich Albion.

The veteran head coach, who has guided his team to the Championship summit after 16 matches, went to watch the club’s under-23s earlier this week.

When Bielsa was asked whether he was impressed by any of Leeds’ U23s during their 3-1 defeat to Crewe, he simply responded: “No.”

Despite including Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke in squads recently, it looks as though Bielsa won’t be calling upon any of Leeds’ next generation any time soon.

Three players who are set to feature in the game are West Brom’s brilliant attacking trio Harvey Barnes, Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle.

The Baggies’ front three have scored 21 times between them this season and they could be reunited this weekend with Gayle expected to be fit after a short spell on the sidelines.

And Bielsa has warned his players to be wary of Darren Moore’s highly-rated trio.

Literally no one is thinking differently…

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The Leeds chief said: “I think the best offensive players of the Championship play in West Bromwich.

“I think the challenge, the exam we’re going to pass this coming Saturday in the defensive segment, this exam we’re going to pass will strengthen our conclusions.

“But it’s also very important for us to keep our offensive identity even if we have to take into account the offensive capacity of the opponent and we have to take some precautions regarding this aspect.

“There is an old sentence that says the best way to defend is to attack. And if we want to refresh this sentence and if we want to give importance to the value of possession, in order to attack you need to have the ball.

“So we will try to have the ball and in order to strengthen this concept it’s important to prevent the opponent from counter attacking. Because possession is important only if you prevent the opponent from counter attacking.”