'I was getting angry' – Former Leeds player hits out at how he was treated by Bielsa
Former Leeds United loanee Izzy Brown has hit out at Marcelo Bielsa and his time at Elland Road, saying it left him “angry”.
Brown joined Leeds on loan from Chelsea but was injured when he arrived and wasn’t declared fit until Christmas.
And he never got a chance to show what he could do at Leeds, with just two cameo appearances totalling 11 minutes in the second half of the season.
Talking in the Athletic, Brown opened up on his time and obviously thinks he wasn’t fairly treated by Bielsa.
“Leeds was the hardest time because after coming back from a year out with the ACL, I was ready to play, I was fit but I wasn’t getting picked,” Brown said.
“I was getting angry. It was affecting me on the training pitch. It felt like I was working hard for no reason.
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“There wasn’t much Chelsea could do. You’re on your own then, really. Chelsea don’t pick the team.
“If the manager (Marcelo Bielsa) isn’t selecting you, it’s on you. It’s not Chelsea’s problem. It’s only you that can get out of the problem.”
We’ve got a bit of sympathy for Brown and we imagine that Bielsa probably does too.
The player arrived with an injury that was worse than had been thought. We imagine that if Leeds had known Brown wouldn’t be fit until the new year, they wouldn’t have signed him.
Bielsa is renowned for his demands on fitness and will never deviate from his views, no-matter who the player is.
Jean-Kevin Augustin has found this out after joining and he is still waiting for his first start after signing in January.
It seems that players can only really expect to be a Bielsa regular if they go through pre-season with him and work hard on maintaining fitness through the season.
Brown has got talent. He’s provided seven assists and a goal in his loan spell at Luton this season and he will obviously think his time at Leeds was a wasted year in his career.
We wouldn’t have Bielsa change for anything, though. It’s club first and there will be casualties along the way with a regime as tough as Bielsa’s.
It’s put Leeds on top of the Championship and close to a return to the top-flight.
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