By Adefunmiloye Alani

28th Nov, 2021 | 10:40am

Tim Sherwood: Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is not a great communicator

Tim Sherwood has suggested Leeds United recent woes could be a result of Marcelo Bielsa’s lack of rapport with the players.

The Elland Road outfit played out a goalless draw against Brighton on Saturday, and when asked on Premier League productions whether the Argentine could soon be facing the axe, the former Tottenham Hotspur boss believes it cannot be ruled out.

Sherwood reckons the Leeds head coach is tired of how things have gone of recent, and that has affected the players too.

The Sky Sports pundit said: “Sometimes the board, directors and owners start listening to players in the dressing room. They might be asking a few questions from the senior players and saying why.

“He’s not a good communicator, Bielsa, is he? I think he’s a wonderful manager I really do, I think I love the way he sets his team up.

“Perhaps time has come that they started to listen too much to him, and he’s very, very demanding, and he looks tired himself, and the players look tired.”

True?

Bielsa is not one to establish a close rapport with his players, with the relationship between the Argentine and his charges most a working one.

Could that be blamed for the decline in performances Leeds have witnessed this term?

The Elland Road outfit have not been able to hit the heights of last term, and while injuries have contributed to their struggles, they just do not look the same and things are not looking very promising at the moment.

Given that he only signs a one-year running deal, both club and head coach could look to move on this summer if the season does not end well.

A third of the campaign is gone, but things can always change quickly in football, and if Bielsa can get his team playing well and picking up much-needed points again, it would be a huge turnaround.

The January transfer window could give Leeds a chance to bolster their squad, but buying players midway through the campaign is not something the Argentine loves to do, and failure to do so could prove disastrous this time around.

In other Leeds United news, a major update on Whites January bid to sign attacker has been provided, with pen-to-paper imminent.