Martin Keown has claimed that the tactics of Leeds United aren’t giving them a “winning formula” in the Premier League.
The TV and radio pundit shared that the Whites are fascinating to watch, but that they can be easily broken down by opposing teams.
Crystal Palace and Leicester have handed Marcelo Bielsa’s side back-to-back 4-1 defeats, and question marks have started to appears.
Keown claimed that Leeds are weak when having to defend against teams on the break, with Wilfried Zaha and Jamie Vardy perfect examples.
“Palace actually just had a low block as Leicester did the week before and then they had good players at the top of the team with pace as Vardy did the week before that and then you had Zaha doing it and they were broken down,” he said on talkSPORT, via the YEP.
“It was fascinating to commentate on and fascinating to watch but, actually, it wasn’t a winning formula.”
We find it ludicrous that pundits are starting to question Bielsa and his system.
If Leeds beat Arsenal on Sunday, those will be the same people who will be praising El Loco for his brave tactics against such a big side.
Looking at the example though, Keown definitely has a point.
Leeds dominated the ball against both Leicester and Palace, but on the counter-attack, they were tormented far too easily.
There is a simple explanation, and it could be the absence of Kalvin Phillips.
The Yorkshire Pirlo has been superb this season, and his ability to sit in front of the defence and cut their workload is something that he has perfected in the past three years.
In these games, the ball has got in-behind the Whites far too easily and we expect that to change when the likes of Phillips returns.
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