By Daniel Feliciano

21st Feb, 2022 | 12:30pm

'Bit of an issue' - Jermaine Beckford discusses Marcelo Bielsa Leeds future

Speculation around Marcelo Bielsa’s future at Leeds is ‘a bit of an issue’ right now, according to former striker Jermaine Beckford.

Bielsa is yet to agree a new contract at Elland Road with his current deal scheduled to expire at the end of the current season, with speculation about whether he will continue or not rife.

As Leeds look to avoid relegation this season to stay in the Premier League for a third season, Beckford told Sky Sports, via Leeds Live, doesn’t think it’s anything to worry about but has admitted it could be a bit of a problem for the squad.

“Look, Marcelo Bielsa signs a year-by-year contract,” he said.

“That’s what he’s always done. You have to look at when he tends to sign his contracts.

“It’s not during the season it’s always near the end of the season. I think, this contract, he literally signed days before the season started.

“When you take that into account, I’m not worried. I’m not concerned at all. You have to look at what’s going on over the last couple of seasons with injuries as well.

“It has caused a little bit of an issue, but that’s something Marcelo Bielsa does. That’s something Leeds United fans have got used to and I don’t think it’s anything to worry about at all.”

Uncertainty

During Bielsa’s tenure at Elland Road so far, Leeds haven’t been in this position before where their season could end up in relegation.

It’s possible that the uncertainty surrounding the manager’s future is having an adverse effect on the changing room, with such a clear distraction at the football club causing problems.

The players and fans will be used to the fact Bielsa hasn’t committed, but last season they were safe and in previous years in the Championship they were vying for honours.

But with the added pressure of relegation weighing heavy on their shoulders, it could just be a bit too much for some of the players to deal with.

Leeds and Bielsa need to make a decision and even if they don’t communicate it publicly, they should let the squad know so it’s one less thing to think about and they can give their full focus to staying up.

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