Paul Merson has aimed a bizarre swipe at Leeds United and the position of Marcelo Bielsa after the 2-0 defeat against Brighton.
The Sky Sports pundit admitted he was a huge fan of El Loco, and started to imagine what he could do at a so-called “real, real good team.”
The Whites have been a revelation since promotion to the Premier League this season, and look on course to finish in the top half after 16 years away.
Speaking on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday via the Yorkshire Evening Post, Merson aimed the bizarre swipe at the Whites after their clash with Brighton.
“I’m a big fan of the manager,” he said. “I think if you put him in to, no disrespect to Leeds, but a real, real good team, I don’t think you’d be disappointed as a fan.
“If he had the players, he plays the right way, he tries to play attractive football, and they make enough chances.
“Imagine if he was at a club with real, real quality players.”
Who is real quality in the Premier League? Are we talking about Spurs or Arsenal? Two of the teams who signed up for the Super League despite being within touching distance of the Whites.
Merson needs to be careful with his words, especially given the fact that Bielsa has transformed these players into quality performers.
Just look at what Stuart Dallas did against Manchester City recently, he has become one of the most spoken about players in the Premier League already this season.
In a strange way, this is praise from Merson, but it could also come across as disrespectful, especially after what we have already achieved this season.
Bielsa is going nowhere, and hopefully sooner rather than later, his future is confirmed at Elland Road beyond this season.
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