By George Overhill

7th Jan, 2022 | 8:10pm

'Wrongly judged' - Chris Kamara filled with praise for Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa

Chris Kamara disagrees with pundits and believes Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is being “wrongly judged this season”.

The Sky Sports pundit feels that injuries to “stars” such as Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips are a key reason for the Whites’ struggles this year.

The former Bradford manager is so impressed by the Argentine that he thinks he could rival arguably the league’s top manager Pep Guardiola.

Kamara told The Sport Review: “I listen to other pundits and they say that basically he should change his style of play to suit the players that he’s got. But he seems to be a man of principle.

“Success on the football field seems to be the players saying that Bielsa is the best coach they’ve played for.”

He went on: “You could see Bielsa managing Manchester City and City being the way they are now – in fact, maybe even slightly better.

“He’s doing a great job at Leeds, but if you look at the candidates for when Pep leaves, he would be one of those names.”

High praise

Since he arrived in Yorkshire there is no doubt that the former Argentina and Chile coach has taken them to a new level, culminating in the long-awaited return to the Premier League as Championship winners.

An impressive first season in the top flight saw the newly-promoted side finish 9th after some famous wins, including over Guardiola’s eventual champions.

This season has proven much tougher at Elland Road with the side down in 16th and having suffered from heavy defeats on the opening day and especially through a dreadful December.

While the injuries Kamara cited have certainly played a part, Bielsa’s principles seem to be both a blessing and a curse.

When his side gets it right they are capable of taking on anyone, but when they are slightly off they frequently get hammered.

Guardiola himself has been effusive in his admiration for the Leeds boss but it is probably unlikely that the City job would pass from one to the other.

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