Martin Keown and Gary Lineker discuss Bielsa tactics after Leeds v Arsenal
Leeds United were woeful again during their clash with Arsenal at Elland Road on Saturday, suffering a 4-1 defeat just days after their 7-0 loss to Manchester City.
Martin Keown was not impressed with Marcelo Bielsa sticking to his style of play against such an opposition, but Gary Lineker leapt to his defence on BBC Match of the Day, insisting his lack of experienced players at the moment have resulted in their struggles.
The Whites only had nine first-team members available in their matchday squad yesterday (18 December), with injuries and suspension forcing the Argentine to include a lot of the under-23s kids.
Keown said on MOTD after the game: “He has been a magnificent coach over the years, but his own conventional ways that he plays, man-for-man.”
Lineker replied: “It’s worked the last couple of seasons really well.
“I suppose when you’ve got young players coming in, it’s not so easy for them compared to the experienced ones that are used to it.”
Leeds went toe-to-toe with all the bigwigs last season and got a lot of points for it.
It is why Bielsa had stuck to his guns in 2021-22, and while the youth teams all mirror his side in training and on the pitch, they just do not have what it takes to do it against the big boys.
The gulf in quality showed against Man City and Arsenal, and the Whites will need to be handed some injury boosts if they want to impress against Liverpool on Boxing Day.
They currently do not have enough in the tank to face Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Leeds cannot wait for January to come as they badly need to make a couple of quality signings.
Bielsa will be sticking to his style of play, but he needs the squad depth and players that can make it work.
The kids cannot, and that has ended in disaster so far.
Liverpool will not be as wasteful as Arsenal in front of goal, and an embarrassing scoreline could be on the cards if care is not taken.
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