Leeds United worry BBC pundit are ‘far too open’

Leeds United are having a very difficult season compared to last campaign’s success when Los Blancos finished in the top half of the Premier League.

An injury nightmare has left Marcelo Bielsa with a less than worn squad at times in 2021-22 which has, in turn, seen Leeds fall to 15th in the league.

Their most recent defeat came at the hands of compatriots Everton at Goodison Park when they were beaten 3-0 by Frank Lampard’s Toffees.

BBC Pundit and former Premier League player Shaun Wright-Phillips fears for the Whites given their injury struggles and Bielsa’s resistance to playing a certain way.

“They want to play the same way. But with their injuries, they’re trying to substitute players, with no offense, who aren’t as fit or don’t have the strength,” he told Premier League Productions.

“Too much open and they concede too many goals. I worry about them.”

Right to worry

It seems like everyone has been saying it since the injuries started piling up and Bielsa refused to change in his stubborn ways.

When it works, it’s a system and tactic that’s nearly impossible to keep quiet and overcome, but it’s been so rarely at its best this season that something has to change.

There’s no point in being a good watch for the neutral if you’re on the losing side most of the time.

The constant running and full-throttle nature of Bielsa’s style of play has already broken most of the first team, so he should be more conservative going forward.

It could be to Leeds United‘s advantage to ease off and apply the handbrake to stop teams slipping through their defense so easily.

Playing on the counter-attack has the potential to be the most powerful tactic in football if deployed correctly and given Bielsa’s experience, he should be able to do so without issue.

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Edward L. Robinett