Roy Hodgson has dismissed claims that Leeds United will suffer from burnout this season and praised the relentless energy at which they play.
His Crystal Palace side travel to Elland Road on Monday in confident mood after successive victories and with the knowledge that the last meeting between the sides ended in a 4-1 demolition job for The Eagles.
Despite the one-sided nature of the scoreline Hodgson clearly holds the club in high regard and his comments act as a riposte to those naysayers who criticise Marcelo Bielsa’s methods.
As reported by Yorkshire Post, Hodgson rejected the long-held media belief that Leeds will run out of legs, saying: “That was an idea mooted when they were doing so well in their first year in the Championship and they looked like running away with the league and then they had a run of games at the end where it didn’t work out.
“I would have thought the club and Bielsa have sorted that one out by now so I am not expecting that to happen.”
He added: “The fact that they never seem to stop running and they have the ability as a result to flood players forward because they seem to be able to flood them back as well – that is without doubt a quality.”
Top 10 in sight
Wise words from Hodgson and it’s good to hear a respected figure say something positive about Leeds in the media.
Too often pundits are quick to attribute fatigue as the sole factor in any Whites defeat this season but at least Hodgson recognises there are other factors at hand.
The good nature, however, must stop there with Leeds needing to fight back and wreak revenge for the embarrassment they suffered at Selhurst Park on November 7.
Despite dominating possession (65%) the Whites were undone by costly errors and Wilfried Zaha proved to be a constant menace as Luke Ayling struggled to deal with his direct running.
However with the talismanic forward missing from Monday’s clash Bielsa’s side must be targeting all three points to put themselves three points clear of Palace and in the hunt for a top 10 spot.
They will leapfrog Arsenal into 10th place with a win and will also have a game in hand of the north-London side so there is a lot still left to achieve this season.
That would be some feat as a recently promoted club and would really make a mockery of some of the nonesense spouted in the media.
In other Leeds United news, Dimitar Berbatov gives his verdict on Marcelo Bielsa and makes Whites prediction v Palace.