Alan Shearer has been wowed by Leeds United this season and was full of praise for the Whites following the 2-1 win over Sheffield United.

The scoreline did not tell the whole story as Marcelo Bielsa’s men dominated the match with 23 shots and 54% possession.

Shearer loved what he saw and seemed to think the performance was representative of Leeds’ successful season as a whole.

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Appearing on Amazon Prime’s coverage of the match, Shearer said, “They’ve been brilliant.

“They can be very proud of what they have achieved this season.

“They can relax, they can look forward to the next few games, to the end of the season and then again they will go again next season.

“It has been refreshing, it is exciting, they do go forward, they do defend very well and the energy with and without the ball is magnificent.

“I know they got knocked out of the cups early so they have just had the league to concentrate on which has perhaps helped them in terms of fitness-wise but they are really, really exciting to watch.”

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Defensive recognition

Shearer is spot on with his comments and it is refreshing to see a pundit who actually knows what he is on about when it comes to the Whites.

Many pundits, such as Jason Cundy, have criticised our open style of play and the manner in which it leads to goals.

In particular, we received a lot of criticism for the 6-2 defeat to Manchester United, but we have improved drastically since then.

As the last two matches show, we have a better idea of how to control matches in the Premier League and display more nous in seeing out results.

Diego Llorente’s return and Illan Meslier’s improvement have undoubtedly made the defence better too.

We limited both Sheffield United and Fulham to few chances and it is very positive that Shearer notices our effectiveness in defence.

As Premier League experience grows, combined with the possible addition of a left-back this summer, we could be very tough to break down next term.

If that happens pundits such as Cundy will have few sticks to beat us with, though we think Leeds have already proved them wrong.

In other Leeds United news, Robbie Savage blown away by ‘exceptional’ Whites star vs Sheffield United.

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