There was a lot of talk about why Thomas Christiansen picked the side he did in South Wales on Tuesday night and that’s fair enough, we all love Leeds United and we all love football, debate is the great thing about the game. However many have criticised certain things, for example Roofe playing up front. Where did Roofe play at Nottingham Forest?
There are a few different types of fans. When things go wrong you can go about it in various ways. You can discuss what went wrong and enjoy debating how we could change things, you could get down in the dumps and forget about it or you could complain, mainly via social media about how bad everything is, have no perspective and probably not look forward to the next game. A short memory you would need to forget that Kemar Roofe started up front away at Nottingham Forest in one of the best away performances from the side in a long time. He had a brilliant game and led the line very well at The City Ground, so why should Christiansen not play him there again? Fair enough Lasogga is in great form and will probably start now on Sunday but we need to be able to change the side if Christiansen feels it’s for the best.
The players that didn’t start the game on Tuesday compared to the game at Forest wasn’t to dissimilar. Eunan O’Kane wasn’t fit, Vurnon Anita wasn’t fit. Two players replaced them, nothing can be done about that. Roofe started in front of Lasogga, and scored just like he did at Forest. Dallas replaced Saiz which for me was the mistake. Not because of Dallas starting but Pablo Hernandez starting. It was never a game for the player and I admit when I saw that Sol Bamba was in the middle of the pitch I though Hernandez may actually have the ability to win that battle, he didn’t and everything many people including myself about him came to fruition. He got a couple of kicks and drifted out of the game. Saiz maybe needed a rest, maybe not. However should Thomas Christiansen have to worry about an ex-Spain international not turning up?
The new head-coach is still learning this league and about his players and the football club. He will make mistakes on the way but he will doing it trying his own things. He’s got the side bang on time and time again this season and despite a few changes here and there he has largely kept it the same. Tuesday night was a learning curve, make no mistake about it and that is the players and coaching staff but I don’t buy into this criticism of him that he all of a sudden needs to see what “the Championship on a Tuesday night” is, we have lost two games from ten this season so Christiansen knows exactly what this league is all about but that doesn’t mean he isn’t learning. The team he selects on Sunday will be very interesting with some players struggling to start after Tuesday’s performance.