Mirror journalist Darren Lewis has made a seemingly unsubstantiated claim that Leeds United fans want Marcelo Bielsa to shut up shop in the face of a poor defensive record.
Lewis was talking on the latest episode of the Gameday podcast when he made the claim while previewing the clash against Everton on Saturday.
Talking about Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Lewis said that he thought the Everton striker would win the game for Carlo Ancelotti.
“Growing in stature, growing in confidence,” Lewis said of Calvert-Lewin.
“His figures before Ancelotti were modest. After Ancelotti he got 15 last season, he’s up there with the top scorers this season.
“There is a hunger and a new edge to his game that wasn’t there before.
“I think he could edge this game because Leeds with their enterprising play will leave gaps at the back.
“Leeds don’t quite know what they want to be at the moment and that’s why I’ve got so much faith in Calvert-Lewin scoring.
“Bielsa wants to stay with his principles, Leed fans are getting a bit nervous with them falling like a stone, and they believe it might just be time to shut the door at the back a bit.”
Leeds fans are happy
There are a few things to say about this.
Leeds do have a poor defensive record at the moment and have conceded a total of four goals in three games so far this season (Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Leicester).
Leeds were unlucky not to get anything out of the Liverpool game and were only beaten by a late penalty. They were also playing with Robin Koch, who was making his debut, and Pascal Struijk, a 21-year-old more used to playing for the Under-23s.
Leeds beat Fulham 4-3 and the visitors had an xG of 1.56.
Leeds lost to Leicester and they had an xG of 3.08 so we’ll take that on the chin.
Leeds also lost 4-1 to Crystal Palace but Palace had an xG of 1.3 in that game.
That accounts for 15 of the 17 goals we’ve conceded, with three clean sheets, a 1-1 draw with Man City and a 1-0 defeat to Wolves making up the rest of our nine games.
Let’s make it clear. Leeds fans would like to concede fewer goals and would like our defensive record to improve.
But we’re not asking Bielsa to change his game or to shut up shop. We love the way he plays football and we love the way he’s inspired our team.
There are four words you would hear if you talked to Leeds fans: In Bielsa we trust.
Hopefully, Darren Lewis gets the message.
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