Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has revealed why he opted to haul Rodrigo off during the club’s meeting with Sheffield United this afternoon, despite introducing the Spaniard as a substitute.
Bamford strikes late
The Whites made the trip to Bramall Lane earlier today, for a meeting with Chris Wilder’s Blades.
Leeds headed into proceedings brimming with confidence, having followed up a stellar performance in an opening day defeat at Liverpool with a hard-fought victory over Fulham last time out.
Sheffield United, on the other hand, had fallen to consecutive defeats in their first two outings of the campaign.
And, when all was said and done at Bramall Lane, form proved true, as Leeds eventually emerged with a 1-0 win.
Patrick Bamford proved the difference-maker, nodding home a wonderful Jack Harrison delivery from the left two minutes from time, to send Leeds home with all 3 points.
Highlights: Sheffield United 0-1 Leeds
‘Wasn’t a good decision’
Result side, one considerable talking point from a Leeds perspective on the back of the full-time whistle in Sheffield this afternoon surrounded Rodrigo.
The summer arrival at Elland Road was introduced at half-time, only to be hauled off after Leeds took the lead.
As such, question marks had since surrounded whether or not Rodrigo had picked up an injury, or whether the decision instead came as a tactical one on Marcelo Bielsa’s part.
Speaking in the aftermath of his side’s victory, though, the Leeds boss went on to confirm that it was the latter, with Bielsa having been keen to keep goalscorer Bamford on the pitch due to his aerial ability:
‘A few mins were left and I had to sub Bamford or him; Patrick is a very useful player at set-pieces against. He helps us defend.’
The Argentine also went on to admit, however, that his decision was the wrong one:
‘It wasn’t a good decision as Bamford was tired. I should have kept Rodrigo on.’
💬 “It was a just result” Marcelo gives his thoughts after today’s Yorkshire derby win against Sheffield United pic.twitter.com/CxTZWSey6z
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Elsewhere on the Leeds front this evening, an insight into a potential addition to Bielsa’s squad has also been forthcoming.
As first reported by French outlet L’Equipe, and since backed by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Yorkshire outfit are in advanced negotiations over a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Cuisance.
Leeds are said to have tabled a €20 million offer for the France youth international, who, in turn, has agreed to the personal terms of a 5-year contract.
This comes with the Whites having seen a fresh proposal for Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul knocked back:
Leeds are in advanced talks to sign Michaël Cuisance, as per L’Équipé. €20m offered to Bayern Münich and personal terms agreed until June 2025. Fee details still to be completed between clubs. Another bid from #LUFC for de Paul [€25m] was turned down by Udinese. ⚪️ #transfers
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 27, 2020
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