Leeds United fans have been baffled by Marcelo Bielsa’s decision to not play Joe Gelhardt for their first game of 2022.
The Whites take on Sean Dyche’s Burnley at Elland Road in a must win game, but the fans are already worried. The fact they’re without Gelhardt is a huge miss, especially when you consider Tyler Roberts’ woeful record this season.
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When Leeds shared the team news on Twitter, the comments were filled with distress about Gelhardt being on the bench, with the supporters not holding back…
What the Leeds United fans said about Gelhardt’s omission
“Can we still get this game postponed?” @AranHuseyin1
“Shame no Gelhardt but decent lineup otherwise.” @theomitchel
“Stop doing this to me.” @james86601469
“Please just start Gelhardt.” @cdlufc
“One stubborn Fool.” @markkayimoz
If Leeds lose today, it’ll be a real worry for supporters. They have a five point cushion to Burnley who occupy the final relegation spot currently. A Claret and Blue win sees the gap cut to two points, but Burnley have two games in hand still.
We’re only half way through the season, but today’s result could play a huge part in the relegation fight. It’s a ‘six pointer’ in every sense of the phrase. Any result today, positive or negative could be season defining.
It’s more of a must win for Leeds you feel, as you can’t afford to lose points to your rivals in your own backyard.
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