Marcelo Bielsa managed to do what Neil Warnock and plenty of other managers couldn’t – getting Leeds United back in the Premier League.
Warnock is one of the least-liked former managers at Elland Road but at least he was in a magnanimous mood on talkSPORT this morning.
Talking on the Breakfast show, Warnock hailed Ben White as the player who made the “difference” for Leeds but said they’d been weak in defence in the 18/19 campaign.
“It’s nice to see Leeds getting promoted, the crowd… it’s an amazing crowd,” Warnock said.
“I think they’ll do quite well too. They sorted themselves out at the back, got the lad White on loan, he made such a difference.
“I thought they were weak in defence the season before but they sorted that out and they were a lot stronger.
“If you’ve got that and the forwards Leeds have got, and the midfield… Phillips is probably the best in the league in midfield.”
All this talk of Ben White isn’t going to do the Leeds chances of signing him on a permanent deal any good.
White is the main focus of all Leeds fans who are desperate for him to continue his partnership at the back with Liam Cooper next season.
Warnock said that Leeds had a problem in defence before White arrived, but in Bielsa’s first season the Whites boasted the third-best defence in the Championship and the second-best in the top-six.
With White on board that did turn into the best defence in the Championship this season, but we’re not convinced that was the reason for not getting promoted before.
The players learned and absolutely smashed it this time around.
However, we are convinced that Leeds will be a better team with White in defence next season.
He’s yet to prove himself in the Premier League but he’d never played in the Championship before he arrived at Elland Road and he handled that pretty well.
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