By George Overhill

13th Apr, 2022 | 12:10pm

Gabby Agbonlahor shares what he's heard from Leeds United players amid 'overwork' accusations

Leeds United players don’t mind training hard but were “overworked” by Marcelo Bielsa and got injuries according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

The Argentine’s successor Jesse Marsch suggested as much in comments on talkSPORT yesterday, after the Whites endured a crippling injury list throughout a testing season.

The former manager’s methods were notorious and now Agbonlahor has said that they were too harsh on the players, and affected their ability to maintain intensity during games.

The ex-Aston Villa striker said on talkSPORT in a clip posted on their Twitter page: “I have heard that from the Leeds United camp as well, that they don’t mind training hard. Players don’t mind training hard.

“But you need the right recovery, because I’ve heard that Bielsa’s training is similar to a game, the intensity, and you can’t do that three or four times a week and expect to have that intensity in a game.

“They’re human beings, they’re gonna get injuries, muscle injuries – calves, hamstrings, thighs.

“I feel the Leeds players definitely were overworked under Bielsa, but that was his style.”


If the current manager felt bold enough to come out and point the finger at Bielsa’s methods he must have got that sense from his players.

It seems that perhaps the devotion that most of the squad had to him prevented them from expressing this misgiving previously.

But if Agbonlahor has heard the same thing from within the squad it is likely true.

The proof was pretty much in the pudding this season, and it was perhaps no surprise that some of the worst hit by injuries were those with wear from multiple seasons of high-intensity training.

Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper and Patrick Bamford were there for the duration of the Bielsa reign, and were key players, so it is logical that they broke down the worst.

But they were also extremely loyal to the man that took them into the Premier League, so likely felt conflicted.

Nothing can negate what the former boss did with the club, but it is starting to look like a change was necessary whatever the fortunes on the pitch.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch’s big risk could backfire if there is any slip ups during the run in.