By Nick Ware

31st Jan, 2021 | 10:00pm

Gary Lineker appears to back down on previous Leeds jibe after win v Leicester

Gary Lineker looks to have retreated from his previous claims about Leeds United after hailing Marcelo Bielsa’s side after their 3-1 win at Leicester City.

Leeds produced a brilliant performance on Sunday afternoon to defeat an in-form Leicester City side who had not lost in their previous nine games, a run that stretched back to December 16.

The victory saw the Whites rack up successive victories for this first time this calendar year after the midweek win over Newcastle United.

Lineker took to his Twitter profile after the Leicester game to praise the Whites five weeks after criticising Bielsa and his charges for their open style of play as they went down 6-2 to Manchester United on December 20.

Despite some fans rushing to remind Lineker of his previous tweet he remained absolute and insisted it was meant as a ‘compliment’ while saying their style is ‘what football is meant to be’.

The BBC Match of the Day host scored over 100 goals for the Foxes and actually hails from Leicester so seeing Bielsa’s side produce a footballing masterclass must have been a bittersweet moment for him.

Back in the goals

After enduring a three-game barren run in front of goal against Tottenham Hotspur, Crawley Town and Brighton at the start of 2021 Leeds have found their shooting boots again and are proving to pundits like Lineker just what they are all about.

Three goals on Sunday made it five in two games and brought up number 35 for the Premier League season, a total bettered only by the current top four sides (Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Leicester).

Patrick Bamford also broke his lean spell in front of goal as he scored his first since a penalty in a 1-0 win over Burnley on December 27.

He had gone four games without a goal but his 11th Premier League goal of the season put the Whites ahead on Sunday to push him up the top scorer charts.

Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are the only players above Bamford now and he will be eyeing a golden boot after rediscovering his scoring touch.

In other Leeds United news, Jamie Carragher wowed by this game-changing moment against Leicester.