Gabby Agbonlahor has been trying to make a name for himself as an expert on Leeds United over the past few weeks and he’s not stopping.
After the game on Saturday, Agbonlahor took the chance to pile into Leeds again and claimed that Liam Cooper, Robin Koch and Luke Ayling aren’t good enough for the Premier League.
The regular Sky Sports pundit popped up on talkSPORT to lay the boot into the Leeds players after the 4-1 defeat.
“It’s a bit naive, everyone knows what Crystal Palace are going to do,” Agbonlahor said.
“They’re going to play on the country attack and they’ve got great speed going forward.
“Bielsa has to change his tactics in different games. You played three centre-halves who for me are not good enough for the Premier League, they need protection.
“If you leave them on their own against Zaha, Eze, Townsend… they’re going to destroy you. You can’t concede four goals in every game and hope to score five. I think it’s a bit of naivety from Bielsa.”
Not good enough for the Premier League?
When it comes to pundits, you’ve got the elite – like Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher – and then you’ve got the ones who just exist to be controversial.
Roy Keane was at it again over the weekend when he was asked his opinion of Kyle Walker in the Man City v Liverpool game. [Sky Sports, Sunday, 4pm]
“Kyle Walker, people are telling me he’s playing well, I don’t think so. This guy is 30 years of age, an international player, he’s a car crash.”
It might make for good headlines but what does this add to the debate? What level of punditry is this? For us, it’s akin to a fan sitting in a pub after a few pints of beer.
Agbonlahor is the same.
He hasn’t got the level of expertise necessary to formulate cohesive analysis on professional footballers so he uses blanket statements like “not good enough for the Premier League.”
Robin Koch is a Germany international. Luke Ayling has been a standout this season and he’s currently playing out of position.
Let’s not forget that Agbonlahor was in the Sky Sports studios when these players kept a clean sheet and smashed Aston Villa 3-0.
Leeds were beaten convincingly by Crystal Palace but Roy Hodgson’s men surprised us by coming out all guns blazing, not trying to hit us on the counter like Agbonlahor claimed.
Patrick Bamford’s disallowed goal could have changed the direction of the game completely.
We can’t keep conceding so many goals but to say the Leeds players aren’t good enough for the Premier League is lazy punditry, itself not worthy of the Premier League.
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