Leeds United’s squad gets increasingly smaller as injuries continue to bite deeper and deeper. As every injury hits, yet more adaptation is needed from the Whites.
Operating across a full, 46-game season with Marcelo Bielsa’s usual compact first-team squad was always going to be a big ask.
That has proven to be the case with players being drafted in, Under-23s promoted to make up the numbers and finally players being utilised in a secondary position.
With all of this happening, despite the pinch being felt, there is no solid movement from the club in the January transfer market. Yes, there is some confirmed interest, but this comes mainly from journalists with links to the club rather than the club itself.
Away from that though, away from the pleadings for the club to bring in fresh blood, is the issue of tonight’s game against a resurgent Derby County outfit.
Derby arrive, on the back of ‘Spygate’, to face a table-topping Leeds United outfit, at home, and in front of what is expected to be a 35,000+ crowd this evening.
Marcelo Bielsa, as well as being open and honest in his pressers, is deeply philosophical about his football. He back his players and looks for ways to utilise them best – in that respect he is not any different to any other manager.
This time though, according to Phil Hay over on Twitter (below), it seems that he is giving the fans what they want – a first league start for youngster Jack Clarke.
One bit of early team news – Jack Clarke starts. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 11, 2019
Clarke, who has come on in leaps and bounds this season is a player who excites Leeds United fans every time that he is on the ball. He has scored two goals already and added an assist for Pablo Hernandez.
Leeds United fans will now be looking for sparks to fly as Jack Clarke takes to the field for his first Championship start for the Whites.