Bielsa sets up in the 4-1-4-1 formation but this drastically changes during the match if he deploys his trademark 3-3-1-3 system when the players transition from defense into attack.
The three defenders are there to outnumber the opposition strikers which gives Alioski the freedom to move into a more attacking role. This movement in the formation allows Hernandez to play as the number 10 linking the play and finding space between lines.
This is where Daniel James comes in, he will be playing as the left winger and will have to provide width with Alioski whilst helping to link up play in the final third. However, James will add another dimension to the team with his direct running and his pace which he showcased at Swansea and this will allow him and Alioski to overlap and confuse defenders.
The only issue is that he will have to get used to the heavy possession-based game Bielsa likes to play but if the young Welshman does he will be sure to get assists and goals. On the other hand, James will have to work tirelessly when not in possession as a high press is
Despite this, his pace will make it difficult for defenders which suits the high press perfectly. Overall, Daniel James will make a great addition to Bielsa’s side with his great physical attributes but will definitely need a game or two to fully settle into the Leeds system.