Tim Sherwood: Leeds United dressing room isn't a happy camp right now
Tim Sherwood has suggested the Leeds United dressing room is not happy at the moment after what Kalvin Phillips recently said.
The midfielder was withdrawn after the first-half during Saturday’s goalless draw at Brighton having played mostly at centre-back – a decision he admitted baffled him during last weekend’s loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Sky Sports pundit said while on the Premier League’s world feed: “Kalvin Phillips is the main stay of England’s midfield, we know how good he is. We talked before about how they need him. Last week he came off against Tottenham, and when they asked ‘why did you play centre-back?’, he said it was something he needs to ask the manager.
“He was almost being very critical about being too damning towards the manager.
“I think there is a rift there. I’m not suggesting between them two, but it’s not all happy there. It’s not a happy camp at the moment. Sometimes when you lose so many games, it never happy. The manager is not there to be anyone’s friend. He is there to get the best out of the group, and at the moment, he’s failing to do that.
“I’m not saying they are team of super stars who should be in the top half of the league, not by any means, but they should be better than where they are at the moment.”
Leeds are struggling this season, and while injuries can also be blamed, there is no denying that these players are not playing as well as they did last term.
There has been a sharp dip in form, and all is definitely not right behind the scenes.
Sherwood is not an insider at Elland Road, but as a former manager, he has the experience and is aware that performances only get this bad when something is going wrong in the dressing room.
Are Leeds stars fed up playing for Bielsa?
It does not appear so, but they are definitely not at the height they were playing at last season, and something is wrong somewhere.
Phillips has had to play at centre-back in the last two games, and while the change of position would not have fazed him that much, taking him off on Saturday would not have gone down well with him.
The dressing room will not stop playing for Bielsa, but it does not appear that he can get the best out of them right now.
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