By Daniel Feliciano

17th Dec, 2021 | 9:10pm

Alex Crook believes Marcelo Bielsa has 'run his course' at Leeds

Marcelo Bielsa has ‘run his course’ at Leeds United following the humiliating 7-0 defeat to Manchester City, according to talkSPORT pundit Alex Crook.

Leeds were handed the biggest defeat of manager Bielsa’s managerial career when league leaders Man City hosted them at the Etihad on Tuesday.

It means the Yorkshire club have managed to accrue just 16 points from 17 games this season and are in a relegation battle heading into the second half of the season.

TalkSPORT pundit Crook was speaking about the game on his ‘Gameday‘ podcast and believes that Bielsa should have done more to effect the result and that Leeds will be lucky in surviving relegation.

“Bielsa is supposed to be this super coach and Pep [Guardiola] lauds him, it’s easy to laud a manager you know you’re gonna roll over every time you play them.

“But they were passing out from the back from minute one, it clearly wasn’t working, they were three or four-nil down, they were still trying to pass it out from the back.

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“Surely there comes a time when even the fabled Bielsa, even with their injuries, has to say ‘look, let’s damage limitation here, let’s not get humiliated’.

“That didn’t happen. They kept making the same mistakes, they did get humiliated. Yes, they had players out, but they didn’t have too many players out when they let in five at Old Trafford. They didn’t have too many players out when they were battered by Liverpool earlier in the season.

“I think Bielsa has run his course at Elland Road and I think Leeds will be lucky because there will be three worst teams in them, but they’re going to be looking over their shoulders right until mid-May.”

Time up?

Bielsa has been at Leeds for four years now and this is by far the worst they have looked under his eye.

They have got significant injury problems and that is an issue, but Crook isn’t wrong in the sense that Bielsa’s stubbornness tactically is costing them in tight games.

It’s quite clear something needs to chance, and whether that needs something off the pitch to change what’s happening on it remains to be seen.

Bielsa has earned the right to be given a bit of time to turn it around and with his contract set to expire at the end of the season again, Leeds should trust him to get it right between now and then.

In other Leeds United news, Bielsa drops big admission after ‘worst’ moment at Leeds for four years.