Gabby Agbonlahor has taken goal at Leeds United as soon as once more by criticising supervisor Marcelo Bielsa’s ‘naive’ ways, following Saturday’s defeat by Tottenham.
The previous Aston Villa captain resumed his disagreement with the Yorkshire membership on talkSPORT this weekend.
Nonetheless, he was surprisingly complimentary on the similar time, claiming Leeds can be within the Premier League high 4 by now if it weren’t for Bielsa’s gung-ho mantra.
Leeds slipped all the way down to 12th within the desk after a 3-Zero away defeat to a ten-man Tottenham facet this weekend.
The end result maybe introduced the Whites again all the way down to earth following their gorgeous 5-Zero victory over West Brom final day out, having as soon as once more struggled towards one of many high flight’s higher groups.
Leeds have impressed massively since their return to the Premier League, however their flowing attacking type has come again to chew them on a number of events – and that’s precisely what occurred on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The guests’ makes an attempt to play it out from the again have been punished twice in Spurs’ 3-Zero win with Bielsa’s males caught in possession in harmful areas.
Agbonlahor’s entertaining run-ins with Leeds have been an ongoing thread all through the season to this point, with the previous Villa star incomes the wrath of followers after beforehand branding Bielsa and his group ‘a fantasy’.
Nonetheless, he was surprisingly complimentary when discussing Leeds’ newest hiccup, claiming the group are one of the vital thrilling to observe within the high flight.
However Agbonlahor says their attacking strengths are being undone by the defensive weaknesses of Bielsa’s system, and has urged the boss to be extra conservative towards the highest groups.
The previous Aston Villa ace believes – shock shock – they need to be extra like Villa themselves…
“I do get pleasure from watching Leeds and the attacking soccer they play, however it’s a bit naive,” mentioned Agbonlahor on the Sports activities Bar Weekender.
“Have a look at Aston Villa towards Man United, enjoying attacking soccer however with the best steadiness of defensive obligations.
“This isn’t six-a-side once you exit and your centre-halves are going into midfield and doing one-twos like Leeds have been doing right this moment. You’re enjoying towards high groups with world-class ahead gamers of their group. You don’t do it.
“Simply change your ways, particularly once you’ve acquired so many centre-halves out as effectively. You’re enjoying a central midfielder and a right-back at centre-half. Whenever you play towards the highest groups, be a bit extra cautious.
“That’s all my opinion is, simply combine it up a bit. It’s not a tough change to do, most groups do it; Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton, Leicester, they’ll change their ways to who they’re enjoying towards, there’s no hurt in it.
“I’ve acquired no detrimental ideas on Leeds, I’ve been over the moon with Leeds, they’re essentially the most thrilling group within the league to play.
“However once you’re enjoying towards the highest groups and also you lose the ball in these areas, you’re going to get punished – these guys don’t miss.
“Whenever you’re enjoying towards West Brom, Sheffield United and Burnley [Leeds have beaten all three this season] you’ll be able to play like that as a result of they’re extra prone to miss probabilities once you give them them.
“However once you’re enjoying towards high groups, change it up a bit, have a plan B.
“Leeds might be high 4 by now in the event that they modified their ways towards the highest golf equipment!”