And so we’re back. Leeds United start with a resounding victory over York City. In pre-season, albeit. Naturally, Leeds had lots of the ball and no real threat against them. Dare I say, the difference in quality was more than obvious?
But what can we take from today’s game…
Harrison is Dangerous
With 2 goals in his 60 minute stint, it’s easy to see where all that propaganda Harrison posted over summer has gone. Jack is back sharp and looks far more confident than he ever was last season. The second goal exemplified this, where last season he may have looked to play another pass, he saw goal and decided to shoot. And with that, he found the bottom corner. For all that time he spent in America over Summer, hopefully he learnt about taking his chances in Vegas.
McCalmont in the frame
and all the better for it. Alfie is a Northern Ireland youth player and his maturity shined through. Playing some nice balls and looking comfortable on the ball even when he was the last man back, it seems as if Bielsa is trying to mould him into a new role. Playing at the centre of defence with Berardi and Cooper pushes up and ultimately wider, McCalmont played deeper than the traditional holding role we’ve come to know, almost in the a back three. It remains to be seen just how far Alfie will feature in the first team plans this season, but a greater involvement is almost guaranteed.
NOTHING ABOUT TRANSFERS
Team selection in this game infers exactly nothing about transfers. (Fortunately, Unfortunately). No one’s really sure. The surprise absence from tonight’s game was obviously Kalvin Phillips, who’s been linked with a move to Aston Villa in recent weeks. Rumour has it, Kalvin will feature tomorrow at Guiseley so there we are. This isn’t a game “for the kids” either, as Helder Costa and Ben White to name just a couple who will definitely be featuring next season were also absent. Just as Leeds did last season, the first team will be split across teams in the early pre-season games. Drawing conclusions is unnecessary stress for us all.