Leeds United are one of a few teams that have been severely impacted by injuries this season, but Charlie Austin believes they have coped remarkably well.
If anything, he argues that the Whites deserve more credit for the manner in which they have overcome injuries to Robin Koch and Diego Llorente, amongst others.
His comments came when discussing how Southampton and Liverpool have been affected by injuries, and he highlighted the strength of Leeds’ squad.
On talkSPORT’s Drive with Adrian Durham & Charlie Austin (02/03), he said: “That just shows how good of a job he’s (Marcelo Bielsa) done and how much trust he has in the group of players.
“But not only the starting XI, the whole squad, this is what goes under the radar, it’s the squad that’s doing it for Leeds, not just eleven players.
“For the other three teams that we are talking about, their squad has not been able to replace the players that have been injured.”
Deserving of more credit
It is nice to see a pundit acknowledging not only our difficulties this season, but the good work we have done in response to the setbacks.
Not many teams have had to deal with injuries to two international centre-backs, who were also big-money signings last summer.
Most sides would struggle as a result, let alone a team that has just been promoted.
Unfortunately, the likes of Jason Cundy neglect to take that into account when criticising us on national radio.
However, we know how good we have been despite having to rely on the youthful Pascal Struijk or Luke Ayling playing out of position.
It will be interesting to see how good we are next season if our key players can stay injury free.
We should prove we are not a side that rolls over easily and by keeping more clean sheets we may become more consistent – something we have lacked in recent weeks.
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