Instead of buying a new centre back or two, has Marcelo Bielsa decided that the solution to the central defence problem lies within the club?
Kalvin Phillips has said that he’s been training as a deep-lying defensive midfielder and also as third centre back under Marcelo Bielsa. It’s surprising to hear that Phillips, of all players, is being considered as a central defender, but here we are.
Phillips had this to say about what position he might be playing at this year:
I’m not too sure to be honest. Obviously I’ve been playing as the deepest midfielder and I’ve been playing in training as a third centre-half as well so I think he’s just trying to work out where my best position is.
I believe I can play anywhere in the midfield and I’m just happy to be playing and hopefully I can get the chance to do that throughout the season.
Is this the new plan for Leeds? Rumours have indicated that Leeds weren’t looking for a new centre-back, so perhaps this the reason. Are there any other players that might play in a three central defender formation? I guess we’ll see.
On to the links.
Leeds United Links
A look at the tactics from the first match under Marcelo Bielsa. [Through It All Together]
Leeds United Ladies have a new manager. [SheKicks.net]
England and English Football Links
World Football Links
A beginner’s guide to Liga MX. [ESPN.com]