Championship striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has admitted what probably a lot of other players are thinking – that he could not put up with the arduous training regime and playing style at Leeds United.
Talking on the latest episode of the Sky Sports Super Six podcast, Akinfenwa said, “Coops [Liam Cooper] told me, Leeds is not for me. Listen, I already know by the way you play, chasing, trying to win the ball back, I already know it’s not for me.
“It’s too much. You’re not happy if you don’t win the ball back in three seconds, it’s too much.
‘I enjoy watching Leeds but I can’t play that sort of style. I’ll just watch from afar and appreciate it.”
We love Akinfenwa – and his honesty
We love Adebayo Akinfenwa. He’s one of the most engaging pundits you can find and is the perfect foil for Laura Woods on the Super 6 podcast.
However, with all due respect, we don’t think Akinfenwa would be likely to get, or be expecting, a call from Victor Orta.
The 38-year-old’s ascent into the Championship with Wycombe Wanderers has been the stuff of legend and we’re delighted to see him ply his trade so near the top of the game.
He’s not the only player who has admitted to not fancying playing for Leeds.
Jonjo Shelvey risked the ire of Newcastle fans when he admitted that he wouldn’t want to play for Leeds because of the “pointless” constant running.
That’s good. Bielsa only wants players who are committed to being the absolute best and Leeds have got to where they are now by being among the elite levels of fitness in the game.
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