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Paul Robinson has said that Leeds United fans are totally wrong to criticise manager Marcelo Bielsa.
He added that “There’s no way, shape, or form” that any criticism of Bielsa is valid, despite the poor form on the pitch.
Bielsa has come in for a sustained burst of criticism from fans recently, with many questioning his decision to keep playing Patrick Bamford and Kiko Casilla.
Fans have also despaired at Bielsa not starting new striker Jean-Kevin Augustin and former Man City winger Ian Poveda not even making the last two matchday squads.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I think any criticism of the manager from fans is completely unfair.
“What Bielsa’s done at Leeds, the way he’s approached the job, the way he’s stuck with the job – and you can see the task ahead – the foresight that the manager’s got, the depth that he goes into, the intelligence, and what he’s done for Leeds United over the past two seasons.
“Last year, he took us to potential promotion with the same squad, or mostly, that finished 13th the season before.
“There’s no way, shape, or form that you can criticise the manager.
“Leeds are still playing well. I just think they’re in a rut and they need to get out of the rut that they’re in.
“They’re playing well collectively. I think previous results have put them in a situation where they’re playing under a little bit of pressure.”
The majority of fans are still backing Bielsa and it would be madness to do anything else.
The fans who are being vocal on Twitter and Facebook should think back to what Leeds were like pre-Bielsa.
Robinson is right when he says Leeds are still playing well – the draw against Brentford at Griffin Park was proof.
Goals are a problem but hopefully Augustin will be the man to remedy the situation when he’s up to full fitness.
In other Leeds United news, ‘If you’ll pardon my language’ – Phil Hay explains what he asked Bielsa that made him so angry