Marcelo Bielsa is under increasing pressure at Leeds on the back of the club’s 4-0 hammering by Tottenham at Elland Road on Saturday.
Bielsa joined Leeds in 2018 and led them back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence two years later, as well as a ninth-placed finish in the top flight in 2020/21, but the club are currently two points outside the relegation zone after a run of five defeats from six games.
Leeds have conceded 21 goals in that time and slumped to a 4-0 defeat at home to Tottenham after being thrashed 6-0 in midweek away at Liverpool, leaving them with a goal difference of -30 and the leakiest defence in the Premier League all season, having shipped 60 goals in 26 games, five more than bottom side Norwich.
Leeds’ dismal run
January 22 – Leeds 0-1 Newcastle February 9 – Aston Villa 3-3 Leeds February 12 – Everton 3-0 Leeds February 20 – Leeds 2-4 Man Utd February 23 – Liverpool 6-0 Leeds February 26 – Leeds 0-4 Tottenham
Merson: Bielsa ‘pulling wool over people’s eyes’
Speaking ahead of the Tottenham loss, Paul Merson told Soccer Saturday that Bielsa was “pulling the wool over people’s eyes” with Leeds fans’ continued support of the Argentine in spite of their wretched form.
He said: “He’s pulling the wool over people’s eyes. he needs to change things. His squad is depleted, I know he’s got big players out, but he has to change it. You can’t keep going to Liverpools and Man Utds and opening games up and get beaten sixes and fours. You have to stop it. At the moment, I worry for them, I really worry for them.
“I think the fans need to get a bit stronger. Don’t start clapping your team off. If I got beaten by Tottenham by four at Highbury when I was playing there is no way I would be getting clapped off. Just go home. You don’t have to boo, I’m not saying boo and throw shoes at them.
“They’ve worked so hard to get to where they are in this league, and at the moment it is fizzling away. I love watching Leeds, I have no affinity to Leeds and I love watching them, but I know there is going to be goal after goal, no matter what end it’s going to be – and that’s worrying.
Leeds’ next six games
March 5 – Leicester vs Leeds, kick-off 12.30pm March 10 – Leeds vs Aston Villa, kick-off 7.45pm March 13 – Leeds vs Norwich, kick-off 2pm March 18 – Wolves vs Leeds, kick-off 8pm live on Sky Sports April 2 – Leeds vs Southampton, kick-off 3pm April 9 – Watford vs Leeds, kick-off 3pm
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