By Nick Ware

13th Feb, 2021 | 9:00pm

Kevin Keegan slams Leeds in withering assessment and takes aim at Marcelo Bielsa

Kevin Keegan has slammed Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa as he launched a strange comparison to his old Newcastle United side.

The former England boss has not been in management since leaving his second spell at Newcastle in 2008 but has come out of the woodwork to offer his assessment of a globally revered figure in Bielsa.

His first spell at The Magpies saw his team branded the great entertainers as they scored a bucket load of goals but came up short in the race for the title due to the amount of goals they shipped.

Speaking to The Athletic, Keegan elected to compare that side with the current Whites team and also criticised Bielsa, saying: “If you look at it now, Leeds are a poor man’s Newcastle.

“They play like we did, but they’re not as good as we were. Leeds are halfway down the table and their coach is one of the best in the world! If I was in charge of Leeds, I would get battered because they’d say defensively I haven’t got a clue! They concede too many goals!”

Leeds currently sit 10th in the Premier League table on their return after a 16-year absence, ahead of the likes of Arsenal and Southampton while Newcastle are battling relegation in 16th.

The agenda continues

This all sounds like desperation from a man trying his best to stay relevant.

Sneering at Leeds and Bielsa seems to be the popular thing to do this season and this is just the latest nonsense spouted to take attention away from the exceptional job being done at Elland Road.

Comparing his Newcastle side to this Whites team is a stretch to say the least.

Leeds have come into a Premier League that has been monopolised by big-hitters like Manchester City and Chelsea who have exercised their lavish wealth to form squads worth hundreds of millions.

The notion of a ‘big six’ has been mooted for a long time with Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal all established clubs in the league.

Despite this Bielsa has guided his charges to 10th with less than half of the season to go and in some style, ahead of Arsenal who they travel to on Sunday hoping to extend the gap between them.

It is only our first season back in the big time and we are comfortably away from the relegation zone while playing some of the most exciting football in the league – so why the constant judgement and criticism?

Maybe Keegan is trying to take the heat off his beloved Magpies who are suffering with shocking results and performances near the foot of the league.

Try all you want, there is no bringing down this Leeds side.

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