Although some areas of the Leeds United squad are looking extremely thin we now have one area that is far from it. The midfield has been short although full of quality so far this season but the return of Pablo Hernandez and Adam Forshaw are upon us, and add Izzy Brown to the mix in the coming month.
Bielsa wasn’t convinced about the sale of Ronaldo Vieira but it’s hardly been mentioned so far and that’s because the form of others has been brilliant. Kalvin Phillips has stepped up and the return of Mateusz Klich has been the biggest revelation on the pitch at the club since Chris Wood turned his poor form into becoming the best forward in the league. Adam Forshaw hasn’t even kicked a ball yet and is arguably the best central midfielder at the club and that’s just the beginning.
In the attacking positions the return of Pablo Hernandez is huge for the side. Bielsa seems to laud over the Spanish playmaker and no wonder because his form seems to be getting better with age. Samu Saiz is a man reborn after a poor year in 2018 although he does struggle at times he is still one of the best players in the league. Gjanni Alioksi is having his best spell in a Leeds shirt and he, along with Mateusz Klich have been having quite the international break.
Klich started the Poland game in Italy as the UEFA Nations League kicked off and came on as a sub last night as Poland scored a late leveller to draw with the Republic of Ireland. Klich scored that goal and Alioski went one better, bagging in both of Macedonia’s fixtures, putting them top of their section at the end of the first round of games. Tyler Roberts can be added to that, making two appearances for Wales as he continues to step up his fitness after a long-term injury.
Kalvin Phillips has stepped his form up massively and controls the deep position, with Forshaw and Klich both able to play there. Lewis Baker is still looking to discover his best form and is now accompanied by Chelsea team-mate Izzy Brown in the attacking areas. Throw in the form of Jack Clarke who can’t be far from the mind of Marcelo Bielsa, dominating the under 23 scene currently, and the options are quite brilliant. Where the defence and forwards lack, the midfield is bursting with ability.
jack Harrison hasn’t made a huge impact yet but one of the most highly rated youngsters in the Manchester City academy under pep Guardiola speaks volumes. He got a real shot at it against Middlesbrough and was the most creative player on the park, games will improve him tenfold.
So to recap. Kalvin Phillips, Adam Forshaw, Mateusz Klich, Lewis Baker, Pablo Hernandez, Gjanni Aliokski, Samu Saiz, Izzy Brown, Jack Clarke, Tyler Roberts, Jack Harrison…Not a bad Championship pool of midfielders.