Paul Robinson reacts as Sky Sports pundit moots dressing room unrest at Leeds United
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Paul Robinson wouldn’t be surprised if Tim Sherwood is right in suggesting that the Leeds United squad isn’t too happy at the moment.
After Leeds’ loss to Tottenham in November, Kalvin Phillips spoke out to say he wasn’t sure why he was being played at centre-back.
The England midfielder was then substituted off at half-time against Brighton on Saturday even though Marcelo Bielsa told Sky Sports he didn’t have a knock.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News about the potential unrest, Robinson said he doesn’t know for sure what is going on but suggested he wouldn’t be surprised if there was some friction amid what has been a tough start to the season.
“You never know,” said the ex-Leeds goalkeeper.
“When things don’t go the right way, we’re not privy to the information of what goes on behind the scenes but there are always going to be noises coming out of the dressing room.
“It’s unusual for Leeds to hear noises coming out because since Bielsa’s been in charge, that’s never been the case.
“This is the first time since he’s been in charge where they’ve had a run of games or been in a perilous position in the league where they’ve needed points. Under his reign, it’s always been an upward curve regardless of what league they’re in – they’ve always been winning games. It’s always been looking up but this is the first test under him at Leeds.
“It’s not unusual for noises to come out of the dressing room – it’s the same old thing in football.
“You look at Bielsa and the way he trains the players and it’s very easy, as a player, when you’re winning and results are going your way if a manager is asking you to work extremely hard. It’s easier than when results aren’t going your way.
“Leeds seem to be picking up a lot of injuries as well at the moment and this is their first real test as a team and for the management.”
Leeds’ mood will no doubt have been lifted on Tuesday night as Raphinha’s stoppage-time penalty earned them a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Elland Road.
Phillips spoke out after the game to rubbish suggestions he’s fallen out with Bielsa after playing 90 minutes of the tie [Yorkshire Post].
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has dropped a Marcelo Bielsa exit verdict amid recent speculation.