By Beck Pascal

3rd May, 2022 | 11:00am

Garth Crooks shares embarrassing Leeds United & Marcelo Bielsa view

Garth Crooks has completely missed the mark with his latest comments on Leeds United and their struggles after sacking Marcelo Bielsa. 

The Whites decided to part ways with the club legend in February with relegation looking like the only destination for the club come the end of the season. 

Jesse Marsch has done a very good job of lifting performance levels and making the team a much more resolute outfit but Crooks is not a fan.

He wrote in his BBC Team of the Week column: “Leeds, on the other hand, are in a relegation scrap with Burnley and Everton. 

“They no longer have that fearlessness they had under the previous manager Marcelo Bielsa when they first burst onto the Premier League scene and gave the then-champions a huge fright at Anfield on the opening day of the season.

“This is a Leeds United who are having to play with their heads and not their hearts and it is proving difficult.”


How has Crooks got this so wrong? The thing that has got Leeds into the position they currently find themselves in is playing with too much “fearlessness”.

Make no mistake, Bielsa was hugely hindered by injuries to his key players all season long but he really ought to have tweaked the system a little bit. 

The Whites were getting embarrassed week after week in his final weeks in charge at Elland Road and as hard as it was to see the Argentine go, it now seems to be the best decision. 

You only have to look at the two Manchester City results as an example. Admittedly, the 4-0 scoreline flatted the Champions beyond belief but there was so much more quality from the Whites and a hell of a lot more fight from the players and the fans. 

The 7-0 suffered by Bielsa could have been double that – they were awful and looked lost which only got worse as the season went on. 

Overall, they are a much better side over Marsch.

In other Leeds United news, Patrick Vieira has taken aim at Leeds United ace Kalvin Phillips after his Wilfred Zaha diving claims.