Marcelo Bielsa is doing the right thing by keeping Eddie Nketiah on the bench – and bringing him on to score goals.
He’s not starting because he is inexperienced – but he is brilliant at what he does in the moment. In 90 minutes he might not give you what he is giving you as an impact off the bench. That’s clever management.
I’m very aware that being a manager you have to put people in the right position and that is part of your skill. So I would give Marcelo Bielsa credit that Nketiah is coming off the bench and scoring.
Some young players who start regularly lose their efficiency. They think they are ready for the 90 minutes but they aren’t quite.
I fully understand what Bielsa is doing and fully respect it – because he has been a manager for a long, long time.
At the minute – I wouldn’t change a successful situation. Nketiah is still a very, very young man and every time he comes on, he scores. So why change anything?
Leeds are improving week in, week out and I think they will be one of the two that go up automatically, because Bielsa is superb.
Ian Holloway is a pundit on EFL on Quest throughout the season. Quest is the home of EFL highlights broadcasting every round of fixtures across the leagues. Also available on desktop and app via QuestOD
But they won’t have it easy at Hillsborough on Saturday.
Sheffield Wednesday is a fantastic opportunity for Garry Monk at a wonderful football club. His style suits them, going back to how Carlos Carvalhal played.
They thought they were on their way back then – but their nearest neighbours have usurped them.
That’s football. That’s exactly what happens. That is why Marco Silva is finding it difficult at Everton, because Liverpool are doing so well.
You look at your closest neighbours and you need rivalry, but you need to be doing well when they are. Otherwise your fans aren’t very happy.
Wednesday actually started this by having a resurgence and reaching the playoffs a couple of times while Chris Wilder went to Sheffield United and got them promoted once then did it again.
United went from being miles away from them to overtaking them, and Wednesday won’t like that. But that’s life and they have to deal with it – and Garry has made a tremendous start.
Rowett the man for Millwall
Gary Rowett has a work ethic that you must have to go to Millwall. They want their teams to be up for it, on the front foot, aggressive and in your face.
I think they’ve got a good manager. He will have learned from things that didn’t go as he would have wanted at Derby and Stoke.
There is a very passionate side to Millwall’s support and hopefully they will connect with Gary. I can see them having a good marriage and I wish him all the very best.
Swansea vs Cardiff will be crazy
What a passionate affair Swansea vs Cardiff is going to be. It’s the craziest game of the weekend.
Swansea made a great start to the season but had a bit of a dumping at the hands of Brentford in midweek, getting beat 3-0. Keep your eye on Brentford, they have won two in a row and are a very, very good side.
Cardiff are a little bit up and down under Neil Warnock but I expect them to gain momentum as the season progresses.
It’s a huge match – the fact they haven’t played each other for quite some time makes it even bigger – but please don’t ask me to call the score!
Both teams have had some success and they want it back again – but let’s make sure it’s the football that does the talking and nothing in the stands.