Ezgjan Alioski’s omission from the starting eleven to face Burton on Saturday would’ve come as a surprise to most having featured in every game since the start of the season.
But it appeared Thomas Christiansen was keen to protect and give his best players proper time to recuperate after Alioski’s involvement with the Macedonia National side during the International break.
His replacement for the visit of Burton was striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga – the last signing of the transfer window from German side Hamburg.
This switch saw some rotation applied to Christiansen’s line-up, with former lone striker Kemar Roofe drafted out to the wing in Alioski’s absence, making way so Lasogga could obtain his preferred position.
There were many doubts about the club’s acquisition of the German prior to his debut on the weekend and his recent record in Germany didn’t spark too much excitement amongst the faithful over his arrival, with the striker managing just two goals last season.
However, this was his record on paper and his record in England was none existent until Saturday, but he couldn’t have dreamt of a better start to his Leeds career.
A dominant display from the Whites saw them romp to a 5-0 win at Elland Road, with Lasogga proving his area of expertise did lie in the box after equalling his tally for last season with a header and a close-range finish.
Any doubt in the minds of supporters before the win will have certainly vanished, with the 25-year-old showing Thomas Christiansen that he has yet another option at his disposal.
Previous seasons have seen Leeds have problems with the options within their squad; not enough quality wingers, not enough potent attacking midfielders, no plan B was the issue last season and after Chris Wood’s departure, it would’ve been a worry that Kemar Roofe was the only available forward.
But thanks to the exceptional recruitment process this season and because of players, like Roofe, proving their mobility and devotion to play anywhere and just be involved, Leeds no longer have dilemmas that could affect their performances going forward, far from it in fact.
An abundance of options across the pitch wasn’t on offer to Garry Monk last season and it was clear that if his plan for the game didn’t materialise, then he didn’t have another way of winning the match.
Now, Christiansen can change the attacking impetus of his side at the drop of a hat and after doing that against Burton, he now has a big decision to make – keep Lasogga or bring Alioski back into the fold?
The winger has been a mainstay in the side and will be hoping for a recall, but will the Whites head coach drop Lasogga after such an emphatic debut, or will he play both and take another attacking midfielder out?
Tuesday night will provide the answer.