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Marcelo Bielsa believes that youngsters like Tyler Roberts and Joe Gelhardt give Leeds hope during a very tough second season in the Premier League. Leeds has been hit hard with a number of injuries to key players including Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips. The silver lining has been that youngsters have been promoted to the first team with Sam Greenwood, Crysencio Summerville, and Charlie Cresswell making their debut this season.

“There are two messages that I’ve received – why don’t we buy players to solve those absences and why is the squad so small?” Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa said. “There’s no way to make a squad bigger if the five center-forwards are injured at the same time. The same if there are four players injured or the six players who resolved their problem in one position. So there’s not an error in the planning, you can’t plan for something so unusual.”

“They ask ‘why don’t we buy a center-back or a center-forward?’, and there’s the engineering economically of how to compete in this league,” he added. “We brought in Gelhardt, Roberts, Greenwood – then at a low level of investment – but we also bought Rodrigo and Bamford so you’ve mortgaged a future if you buy good players at their place. I imagine if we had more players than we do, one little space there would be for the development of the youngsters. You also have to interpret the feelings of those in the public.”

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