Patrick Bamford has revealed Marcelo Bielsa threw him straight back into murderball when he was passed fit to train with his Leeds United teammates this week.
Bamford has spent much of the international window recovering from a troubling calf injury after somehow getting through the match against Fulham almost two weeks ago.
The striker revealed his struggles after that game [Leeds United Official Podcast, 25/03] and stressed that he was feeling tired after jumping back into the swing of things.
He told the Leeds United Official Podcast [01/04], “I had a little bit of time off since the last [podcast]. I had Sunday off – that was it.
“Yesterday was with the physio to make sure I could train today thinking it would just be drills and stuff, bam straight into murderball.
“I’m not going to lie I was struggling a little bit after, I was tired.”
The Bielsa way
Bielsa does not do things by half and it should really come as no surprise that Bamford was put through his paces in his first session back.
After all, a dose of murderball is the best method to get the 27-year-old fit to start against Sheffield United on Saturday.
The week-and-a-half of recovery will have likely given Bamford the rest he requires and he should no longer be feeling an issue with his calf.
He spoke of his struggle but his general attitude seemed positive and he is itching to get back to action.
Thanks to murderball and Bielsa’s other training methods we could have an advantage over Sheffield United and our other Premier League rivals.
We did not have too many key players leave on international duty so Bielsa had valuable time to work on new tactics and strategies.
Because of that we expect Leeds to come out firing this weekend, and bottom-placed Sheffield Untied are the perfect opposition for us.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has detailed an important update on the Whites summer budget.