By Mark Smith

12th Jan, 2020 | 10:00am

'Dangerous' - English manager makes bold claim on the 'hype' surrounding Leeds squad

There was such a stark contrast between the game at Arsenal and the 2-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday for Leeds United.

Leeds were much quicker at the Emirates and carved the Gunners open with ease at times. Saturday’s meeting with the Owls was much different, the Whites were too slow and were frustrated by Garry Monk’s men.

It was strange to see given the intensity that was on show in the FA Cup. Pundits have started to cast their opinion on the game, and the effect that the Arsenal clash could have had on Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Swindon Town manager and Quest pundit, Richie Wellens suggested that the Arsenal clash on Monday could have turned the heads of the Leeds squad.

“A lot of the people were saying last year that Bielsa works them too hard in training,” Wellens said during EFL on Quest.

“Obviously, their style of play is so intense, these winter months and the games coming towards the end of the season could take its toll. It definitely did last year.

“When they’re on top form, they’re a joy to watch. The first-half at Arsenal, I think the Arsenal cup game was dangerous because national TV, great opportunity for the Leeds lads to go and show they were outstanding.

“But, then you’ve got a game a couple of days later, you could drop off, start believing your own hype. Yeah, very dangerous game and it’s come back to bite them.”

To suggest that Leeds have started to believe in their own hype is ludicrous from Wellens. The Whites have been playing this way for nearly two years now, so for them just to start believing in it now seems far-fetched.

The reality is, it is just another defeat that Bielsa’s men have to bounce back from. Should they have taken their chances against Wednesday, it would have been a completely different result and Wellens would have been singing the praises of the Whites – there’s always next week.

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