Marcelo Bielsa has forgotten more about football than I’ll ever know, but really? No problem in defence?
Bielsa on whether he will try to find a defender in the transfer window: "We don't have any problem in defence. If you take out the goals that are scored on set-pieces, we are the team who concede the least." #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 1, 2019
Part of me really wants to believe that Bielsa is just like this in press conferences because he isn’t the type of manager who airs dirty laundry in the press. I’m sure he’s more than willing to let a player know if they screw up or if a performance isn’t good enough, but it’s rare for him to say anything in public. He said earlier in the season that he would have dropped Bailey Peacock-Farrell if Jamal Blackman hadn’t gotten hurt, but that’s been about the only time he’s commented negatively on a player.
He said before the season that their wouldn’t be very many players incoming, but there were a number of loans for players who were brought in to compete for first-team football, so perhaps all of his statements about no new players are him just playing things close to the vest.
Either that or Bielsa doesn’t like central defenders and won’t get any, no matter if it means that Jamie Shackleton and Kemar Roofe have to line up back there.
On to the links.
Leeds United Links
Jack rated the players. [Through It All Together]
Recap of the loss. [Through It All Together]
Is this finally the season for Leeds? [Through It All Together]
Could Conor Shaughnessy be in for a move to Hearts? [Through It All Together]
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