When Spain began Euro 2012 without a striker the odds seemed against them. However they didn’t need to worry as they romped the tournament playing with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, David Silva and Andreas Iniesta providing rotating options in the final third.
Although Spain had Fernando Torres and David Villa providing ammunition in a couple of games and available on the bench the side that one that tournament was set out as a 4-6-0. Casc Fabregas, David Silva and Andreas Iniesta provided a three-pronged attack, with Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso and Xavi in the middle of the pitch. How does this relate to Leeds United you may ask? Well Leeds have two main strikers, Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford. The latter is out for four months and Kemar Roofe isn’t fit for Saturday unsure on how long). It leaves Tyler Roberts, a player who hasn’t started a league game for Leeds, and just two altogether, both as a winger in the League Cup.
Roberts will certainly get his chance, but the alternative may not be Ryan Edmondson. Marcelo Bielsa says he’s aware of Edmondson (and Jack Clarke) but also knows they need to be introduced at the right time. Edmondson is only 17 and throwing him in when he isn’t ready isn’t something that Bielsa would do, that much is obvious. If and when we need to shake things up there are a variety of players who can operate in this sort of system.
In the defensive side you could play Phillips and Klich, and or Adam Forshaw. Attacking you have Izzy Brown, Samu Saiz, Pablo Hernandez, Jack Harrison, Gjanni Alioski, Lewis Baker and even Jack Clarke. Players who can operate as attacking players, coming and going from deep and getting in behind. Would it work? I have some serious doubts but with Bielsa in charge I would be optimistic.