Simon Walton has told BBC Radio Leeds that Luis Sinisterra is showing signs that he could light up for Leeds United as he reflected on the struggles the Whites are having in front of goal.
Leeds somehow lost to Arsenal on Sunday. The Premier League leaders needed a Rodrigo mistake to take the lead during a first-half that they probably edged. But Jesse Marsch’s men were on another level after the break.
Patrick Bamford missed a penalty. And Leeds rocked Arsenal in a way Mikel Arteta’s side have not been used to this season. But ultimately, it was the Gunners celebrating three points at full-time.
Luis Sinisterra showing positive signs for Leeds
Leeds are really struggling for goals right now. Their last two goals came from Pascal Struijk and Marc Roca.
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The form of both Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo is a worry right now. But one attacking player who impressed against Arsenal was Sinisterra. The Colombian had two attempts in the first-half on Sunday. And he seemed to set the tone with his bravery on the ball.
Certainly, while Walton is concerned about the lack of cutting edge in the final third, he did suggest that Sinisterra can be happy with his display once again.
“Sinisterra’s showing signs. I’ve got to be honest, again today, I’m seeing signs where he could light up, he could create something out of nothing,” he told BBC Radio Leeds.
“But we’ll say it again, not yet. There’s a lot of nearlys and not yets. We have to start having players in those areas who are impacting games more often and more consistently than they are at the minute.”
The frustrating thing for Leeds is that the pieces appear to be there. Marsch has put together a really impressive group. And it could have so easily been different today.
Sinisterra could have had a brace. Bamford could have had a hat-trick. And an equaliser at some stage during the second-half could have been a game-changer.
But the players will be feeling the pressure. Should they fail to take a couple of big chances in their coming games, there will be a sense of unease and frustration.
Obviously, Bamford and Rodrigo need to end their respective droughts soon. But you would imagine that Sinisterra will be one player not afraid to put his hand up to try and make things happen.