Leeds United: Do expectations need lowering? Why Marcelo Bielsa’s side are exceeding targets – Pitch to Post podcast

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds have 23 factors from 18 video games, exceeding the expectations of a newly-promoted side. So why are they beneath a lot scrutiny?

Leeds’ 1-0 defeat by Brighton was their third straight loss in all competitions and their ninth in 15 video games. But sitting twelfth within the Premier League, Bielsa’s side have few relegation worries and a model of play that appears to have cut up onlookers down the center.

Here, on the Pitch to Post Review present, Ben Ransom and Gerard Brand assess the job Bielsa and Leeds have accomplished, and why expectations on them could need decreasing barely…

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Is this a stoop?

Leeds sit twelfth within the Premier League with 23 factors from 18 video games

Sky Sports’ Gerard Brand:

“I believe it depends upon which manner you have a look at it and who you are. I do not suppose Leeds followers are involved – it is 9 defeats in 15, or six defeats in 9, nevertheless it’s additionally three wins in six within the Premier League, so it depends upon the way you have a look at it, they usually’re on 23 factors after 18 video games as a promoted side. That’s properly over goal and we mustn’t neglect that.

“But Leeds being Leeds, there’s quite a lot of consideration on them. I believe there’s one half of soccer that loves the way in which Marcelo Bielsa performs, and one other half that thinks it is naïve and virtually hipster, they usually virtually need to put Leeds of their place. I actually do imagine that.

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“They’ve been built up in ways, and in other ways criticised. The reality is somewhere in the middle.

“This isn’t any disrespect to West Bromwich Albion or Fulham, however individuals see Leeds as one of many greatest sides in England, and with a supervisor who was shortlisted for world supervisor of the 12 months, and due to this fact the expectation of them is greater.


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“They see them attacking big sides, never sitting back, and they’re a bit of an enigma. I think Leeds fans are just getting used to that attention and maybe they expect them to be marked next to your West Broms and Fulhams, but that’s difficult when you’re as entertaining as they are.

“They had been actually dangerous in opposition to Brighton, most likely their worst efficiency of the season. But this mid-season stoop has occurred earlier than for Bielsa’s side – in 2019 they received simply two from eight round this January/February interval, and really equally in 2020 they received simply two of 12. They’ve received a superb break now of 10 days now to reset earlier than going through Newcastle, however general that is an expectation difficulty, each inside Leeds’ assist, and the neutrals.

“Leeds fans feel they have an acute amount of attention on them at the moment – but we need to be more realistic. I do believe some fans see this style of play, and I think they want to put Leeds in their place, and want to see Leeds lose.

“But my worry will not be Leeds in the intervening time, however going ahead. How they work within the switch market, how they develop their group, and getting gamers in that need to play in Bielsa’s fashion, as a result of it takes a particular fashion.”

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Leeds will be taught from this season

Marcelo Bielsa was shortlisted for world supervisor of the 12 months for 2020

Sky Sports News’ Ben Ransom:

“Whereas Leeds can be ruthless and carve teams apart, the day they miss a few chances and defensively have a few lapses, they get punished. That’s what happened against Brighton, who showed a bit of nouse.

“I believe their outcomes are a priority, however I do not suppose they are in peril of taking place, and in that respect it has been a comparatively optimistic season.

“They’ll learn a lot from this, but they’ll need to get back to winning ways and rediscover some fluidity. Their defending has not been as good as it has been, but when they’re playing well that doesn’t always matter because they always give up big chances. They keep the ball, create so many chances themselves, and score goals. But when that latter aspect starts to go off the boil, everything starts to fall down.

“But they do need this break, it’s useful for them, and I do suppose we’ll see them return to their finest.

“They have to find a way of winning back-to-back matches in the Premier League more often.

“Whenever you go right into a Leeds sport you do not know what you are going to get, and it is good for the Premier League; all of us get pleasure from Leeds.”

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Squad depth a problem?

Leeds' side hasn't been overhauled prior to now two years

Sky Sports’ Gerard Brand:

“They are struggling for depth – they’ve had to play players out of position, particularly in defence with injuries to Robin Koch, Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente. I’m not convinced Bielsa has actually been able to play his strongest side this season.

“And we speak about this lack of pre-season for different golf equipment, nevertheless it was felt acutely at Leeds specifically – this is not to say Bielsa would have altered his fashion massively if he’d had an extended pre-season, however Leeds did not get the chance that earlier promoted sides would to shore up and put together themselves for the massive distinction in problem the Premier League brings.

“Leeds have a similar starting XI to what they had in the Championship even two years ago. I think that does show how well Leeds and Bielsa have done with what are essentially, or at least were originally, Championship players, but that also begs the question about how they develop their side going forward and against Premier League oppositions who sit deep.

“Patrick Bamford specifically appears to wrestle in opposition to the lesser sides who make it compact and provides him little room to function, and I’m unsure Leeds followers know precisely what document signing Rodrigo’s position is, though he is proven spurts of technical high quality.

“So there is room for improvement, they are impressive, they are naïve too, they can be all of these things, it doesn’t have to be just one – but I think perhaps our expectation of Leeds can drop slightly.”

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