Former Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford has defended Marcelo Bielsa and his side after recent criticism of the club and their style of play.

The Whites are on a three-game losing run which has brought no goals and seven conceded including three at League Two Crawley Town in the FA Cup third-round.

They have endured heavy defeats to the likes of Manchester United (6-2) and Leicester City (4-1) this season alongside convincing wins over West Brom (5-0) and Newcastle United (5-2) as Bielsa’s side have struggled to combine attacking flair with resolute defending.

There have been barbs all season and the heat has been turned up after three successive defeats but former White Beckford, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live [20/01/21], has backed Leeds to continue their methods and applauded their entertainment factor, saying: “Everybody is entertained by it. It’s enjoyable.

“There’s a part of me, the Leeds United fan, that’s frustrated that it’s being judged constantly, people saying, ‘Oh it’s terrible, it’s never going to last, everybody’s going to blow up’.

“But then there’s another part of me that loves it because as well as Leeds United play, whether it’s a 3-0 win or a 3-0 loss, everybody enjoys it.

“You’re going to enjoy the game whether you’re a fan or not.”

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Beckford might have a point regarding the season but the last three games have not been up to scratch and few Leeds fans can have enjoyed being thrashed to lower-league Crawley and struggling to break down a Brighton side who had not won a Premier League game since November 21.

They only registered two shots on target at Elland Road on Saturday, the same number they managed at Crawley, which certainly belies their tag as league entertainers.

Bielsa will certainly be hoping to end their goalless streak on Tuesday when they travel to Newcastle United who are in the midst of a crisis of their own.

Steve Bruce’s side have not tasted victory in the Premier League since December 12 and have even conceded to Sheffield United recently, who were the joint the lowest scorers in the division until Billy Sharp’s penalty secured them all three points against the Magpies on January 12.

Leeds thrashed Newcastle 5-2 in the reverse fixture at Elland Road on December 16 so the Whites should be confident of returning to form in front of goal.

If they fail to fire for a fourth successive game Beckford and Leeds fans might struggle to mount a defence on this occasion.

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