Gabby Agbonlahor invokes Marcelo Bielsa as at Leeds United low point in Bournemouth mayhem
Marcelo Bielsa looked to be back in charge of Leeds United as the defence collapsed midway through the win over Bournemouth, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
After taking the lead straight out of the blocks when Rodrigo converted a penalty won by Crysencio Summerville, the Whites looked to have thrown the game away in going 3-1 down early in the second half.
Dominic Solanke flicked the visitors two up as United were caught on the counter, at a point when the game looked lost, and Agbonlahor suggested it was reminiscent of the games late on in the Argentine manager’s reign.
Writing on his personal Twitter account during the game on Saturday (5 November), after the third Cherries goal, he said: “Leeds defending??? Is bielsa back???”
But Agbonlahor couldn’t have known that Leeds United would stunningly come back to win 4-3, with Summerville capping off an incredible turnaround with his second late winner in as many weekends, following his goal at Liverpool.
The former Aston Villa forward wasn’t actually wrong in citing Bielsa as there was a worrying familiarity to the defensive performance.
Rasmus Kristensen and Robin Koch looked like they were in a race to the bottom, while Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk weren’t exactly great at the back.
The captain did make his mark in the comeback, heading a Sam Greenwood corner home for the equaliser, as United went from showing some of the worst elements of the previous era to some of the best.
Having apparently thrown the game away from a leading position Leeds turned it back on its head with the comeback, with the youngsters at the fore.
Jesse Marsch went from despair to triumph on the touchline as his introduction of Sam Greenwood and Wilfried Gnonto helped turn things around.
The former scored a beauty to start the comeback and took the corner that the equaliser came from, while the latter sprung forward late on to assist Summerville for the winner.
Without doubt the defence needs serious work, but the fight of this side cannot be questioned, and while Agbonlahor likes to wind up Whites fans he won’t be able to deny it was an impressive comeback.
In other Leeds United news, Gary Lineker was stunned by what he saw at Elland Road.