'Plays on your mind' – Sam Allardyce sends Bielsa advice on getting Leeds promoted this season
Sam Allardyce has said that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa should look at changing the way his team plays if they are to get promoted.
Bielsa just missed out on promotion last season – his first at Leeds – after dropping into the play-offs.
Leeds have started this season strongly and were installed as favourites for the title by bookies.
However, a run of six games without a win has got nerves jangling among fans, with Bielsa admitting there was “anxiety” around the team after the 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.
Talking on the Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Wednesday (9am), Allardyce said “nerves will start fraying” at Leeds after the recent run of results and had some words of advice for Bielsa.
“It plays on your mind,” Allardyce said. “When I played at Bolton we played out from the back all the time. We slipped up twice because of our nerves and we started to concede goals playing out from the back.
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“In the end, we changed our style and we won the league.
“Leeds under Bielsa have this certain style of play. They played Arsenal in the FA Cup and they should have won. The chances they made were incredible but they ended up losing 1-0.
“Those nerves will start fraying for them again because of what’s happened in the last few weeks.”
The big issue for Leeds at the moment isn’t just goals, it’s the defence as well.
Leeds started off incredibly at the back this season, conceding just 10 goals in the first 21 games of the season.
They’ve conceded 13 in the last six and not won any of those games.
Leeds are still in a strong position and are still favourites to finish in the top two. However, Brentford are playing well in third and have taken the title of the best defence in the Championship off Leeds.
As for Allardyce’s advice… we can’t see Bielsa taking any notice. Bielsa has got this Leeds team into the best spot it’s been in for a decade and it certainly doesn’t require a change in style.
What it does need is a new striker and for Kiko Casilla to stop making mistakes.
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