Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa shakes hands


Darren Bent has revealed he was flummoxed by Marcelo Bielsa’s decision to leave Jack Clarke out of the matchday squad for Leeds United’s win over Wigan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker says he could not understand why the Argentine had left the mercurial winger out for the club’s clash against the Latics, having played 70 minutes against Salford.

The Whites won 2-0 against Paul Cook’s side, Patrick Bamford netting a brace to take his tally to three for the season.

However, it was the man missing from the side which caught Bent’s attention, the former hitman admitting he could not wrap his head around why he had been left out.

Bent told Football Insider: “I was very surprised because I like Jack Clarke, I think he’s a very good player. For him to just leave him out like that, I don’t quite understand his thought process but that’s Bielsa for you.

“We all know he’s going to do things off-the-cuff, completely left-field that we don’t understand what he’s doing but there’s a plan for everything, there’s a method to the madness. It looks like a masterstroke because they won the game.” 

Clarke appeared on the substitutes’ bench for the opening two games of the Championship campaign with Jack Harrison and Pablo Hernandez Bielsa’s first choice wingers.

With the Championship ruling a matchday squad can only include five loanees, the Argentine chose Eddie Nketiah, Helder Costa, Illan Meslier, Ben White and Harrison against Wigan, leaving Clarke, who is on loan from Tottenham, without a place in the team.

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