Leeds United have an unprecedented number of injuries in the squad at the moment as they battle their way out of the relegation zone.
The Whites are eight points clear of the fall at the moment after beating Burnley 3-1 to start 2022 in perfect fashion.
They did so despite serious ink dilemmas plaguing Marcelo Bielsa’s selection process.
Patrick Bamford was expected to be involved in Leeds’ trip to West Ham in the FA Cup before it was revealed he had picked up a minor issue in the formation.
It’s the latest in a long line of injuries seemingly caused by training.
Bielsa is renowned for his reputedly intense training regime, with Leeds reaping the benefits so far in his four-season tenure.
However, experts fear his methods are behind Leeds’ current list of absentees.
Former Premier League striker Gabby Agbonlahor believes Bielsa may have to reduce his training intensity in order to avoid further setbacks.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said:
“I think it’s a little worrying.
“Is there anything that needs to change at Leeds? Should the formation change at Leeds?
“Should they start changing the training schedule. That shouldn’t happen.
“They have to do something because they’re not out of it [the relegation battle] again.
“Leeds need to bring in players or change their training times.”
If people want Bielsa to change his ways, they’re out of luck.
As is the case with most of the criticism directed at him, the same answer is relevant: he brought us here doing exactly what he does now.
Why would we change what we do when it has brought us so much success?
This injury count is just insane and there’s not much we can do other than just plug in our depleted numbers.