By Joe Ellis

15th Feb, 2022 | 9:10pm

Leeds United worry BBC pundit for being 'way too open'

Leeds United are having a very rough season compared to the success of last campaign when the Whites finished in the top half of the Premier League.

An injury nightmare has left Marcelo Bielsa with a less-than threadbare squad at times in 2021-22 which has, in turn, seen Leeds fall to 15th in the league.

Their most recent defeat came at the hands of fellow strugglers Everton at Goodison Park when they were brushed aside 3-0 by Frank Lampard’s Toffees.

BBC pundit and former Premier League player Shaun Wright-Phillips fears for the Whites given their injury problems and Bielsa’s resistance to playing a certain way.

“They want to play the same way. But with their injuries, they’re trying to replace with players, no offence, that are not as fit or have the strength,” he said to Premier League productions.

“Way too open and they concede too many goals. I am worried for them.”

Right to worry

It seems like everyone has been saying this since the injuries first began piling up and Bielsa has refused to change in his stubborn ways.

When it works, it is a system and tactic that is nearly impossible to keep quiet and overcome but it has so rarely been at its best this season that something needs to change.

It’s no good being a good watch for the neutral if you are on the losing side more often than not.

The constant running and full-throttle nature of Bielsa style of play has already broken most of the first-team squad so he should be more conservative in future.

It might be beneficial for Leeds United to take their foot off the gas and apply the handbrake to stop teams from getting through their defence so easily.

Playing on the counter-attack has the potential to be the most potent tactic in football if it is deployed correctly and given Bielsa’s experience, he should be able to do that with no problem.

In other Leeds United news, the latest news suggests that this Whites attacker is nearing a return from injury.