'Definitely' - Pundit makes encouraging Leeds claim with restart days away
Nigel Reo-Coker is certain that Leeds United will be able to pick up with where they left off once the Championship season resumes this weekend.
Marcelo Bielsa employs very high-tempo tactic at Leeds and the Argentine is known for his full-on training sessions, use of a small squad and is no fan of squad rotation.
Many critics pointed to that as being why Bielsa failed to win promotion with the Whites last season, with plenty saying they “ran out of steam” in the second half of the campaign.
Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Reo-Coker believes that the three-month break, enforced by the coronavirus pandemic, will help Leeds rid the idea that they become fatigued at the business end of the season.
“The break would definitely be beneficial to Leeds,” the pundit said on Sky Sports News on Wednesday [11:25am].
“We’ve seen with the football they play – that really high tempo and high pressing game – they don’t get that much time to relax on the ball in the Championship as they would in the Premier League.
“They ran out of steam last season. This break can definitely be seen as a benefit for Leeds.
“Hopefully they can continue with the momentum to be able to finish it off this time to get promoted back to the Premier League.”
A lot of Leeds fans won’t admit that they ran out of steam last season but let’s face it, they did.
Players were clearly not playing at their maximum ability from February onwards and that mixed with injuries and suspensions really added to the issues that Bielsa faced.
It didn’t help that Norwich and Sheffield United were also playing well enough to overtake the Whites and seal the top-two spots.
This season is definitely different and this break in play could be a huge boost for Leeds.
We’re going to go bold here and predicted that the Whites will have a top-two spot sealed with three or four games left.
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