​Leeds United temporarily returned to the top of the Championship table on Saturday, following their emphatic 4-0 victory over Middlesbrough at Elland Road.


Mateusz Klich double and strikes from Patrick Bamford and Helder Costa gave the Whites their fifth successive victory, and manager Marcelo Bielsa praised his squad following the result.

Mateusz Klich

In his post-match press conference, as reported by ​Leeds Live, Bielsa discussed the importance of his squad's versatility with so much of the season remaining. 


He stated: "It’s a long competition. It’s very important we have players who play in different positions, like Pablo [Hernandez], [Stuart] Dallas or [Ezgjan] Alioski. Also important to have two options in each position. Both positions with the same level."


Eddie Nketiah's return from injury provided Bielsa just that and the Argentine was pleased with his return, adding: "We are happy Eddie comes back. Yesterday he played 45 minutes and today he had 20 more minutes. Step by step he will get his fitness level to come back."


Helder Costa's performance was another bright spark for the Whites, after the on-loan Wolves winger made an indifferent start to his spell in Yorkshire. The Portuguese capped one of his finest displays in a Leeds shirt with his first Championship goal of the season.

Jack Harrison,Helder Costa

Bielsa was quick to praise Costa's performance but also demanded more from the player, saying: "He gave a step forward today. He scored. He is developing, but he can show more impact to unbalance the game than he did today. Every week he is improving."


Finally, when asked about Leeds' return to the ​Championship summit, Bielsa was quick to manage expectations and spoke of the need for consistency. 


He added: We have to give some value to the current position because in a league like this, the future is built match by match. The most important [thing] is the regularity in every match to make a difference."