Sky Sports pundit Stephen Warnock has heaped praise on Leeds United and said they’re playing so well and have had such an impact in the Premier League that they seem to have a “lack of respect” for any team no-matter how big the opponents.
Warnock was talking on The Football Show on Monday morning (Sky Sports, 11am) and was looking back at the 3-0 win against Aston Villa as well as the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool in the first game of the season.
Warnock also pulled out two players for special praise – Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling – and he called Ayling the most improved player he’s seen in the last two seasons.
“He [Luke Ayling] is becoming Mr Versatile for Leeds United,” Warnock said. “I remember playing against him at Bristol City. He was strong but perhaps not so good on the ball.
“He’s massively improved. He’s got better and better under Bielsa. It was a magnificent performance from Ayling and I think he’s the most improved player I’ve seen in the last couple of seasons.
“Patrick Bamford was outstanding. He probably should have scored four or five but the quality of his goals was outstanding.”
On Leeds and the way they’re playing so far in the Premier League, Warnock said, “It’s brilliant to watch from Leeds. There’s almost a lack of respect but you can see how hard it makes for [other teams] to get out.”
Attack, attack, attack
Marcelo Bielsa has the ultimate respect for everyone in the football world off the pitch.
And he would never take any team lightly.
But we understand where Warnock is coming from. What Bielsa does is get his side to focus on the team in front of them, week-in, week-out.
He doesn’t play a different game whether he’s playing Aston Villa, Wolves, Man City to Liverpool, and there’s definitely no fear of anyone.
Many people thought that Leeds would have to change their game when they faced teams like Liverpool but that theory has been killed stone dead.
In fact, Leeds are at their best when they can play free-flowing, attacking football against sides that are ready to go toe-to-toe with them.
The Liverpool and Man City games were so good precisely because Leeds showed no fear. And there will be plenty more of that to come.
There might be the odd heavy defeat to come this season but there will be plenty more big wins, too.
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