Orters with the club
they have the resources and whether they get that bit of luck with injuries that they haven’t had at all. There’s a real excitement but there’s also a feeling of, ‘It’s Leeds, it can go wrong at any time’.”
Bielsa’s preference for a small squad, confidence in his youth players to cope when the injuries have mounted and inclination to keep attacking, to try to win every game, is a high-risk strategy. But any attempts to mitigate this in style and recruitment would feel more like emasculation than compromise. Leeds hired him knowing his methods and are where they are because they have empowered and entrusted him.
“He has instilled a belief in the players that his ideas and way of playing the game is the way to go about it,” says Gray. “The players are all buying into it and everybody’s in harmony.”
Even with major fitness concerns for Pablo Hernandez, who has made 10 goals and scored another seven, Bielsa says: “We