Leeds United

Acid test: What can Leeds expect from their next seven games?

With four defeats in their last six Premier League games, it’s fair to conclude that Leeds United aren’t in the best of form at the moment. While the form of Raphinha has been encouraging, the loss of Kalvin Phillips means there’s an imbalance in the side. Leeds aren’t the same without him, and they need him badly with the Whites about to enter their toughest phase of the season. Leeds find themselves 11th in the Premier League table, and they have done a remarkable job so far under Marcelo Bielsa. A strong run from here on and European qualification isn’t completely out of the question. However, the next seven games pose Leeds’ biggest challenge in the league, and they need to get back to winning ways. a) West Ham United (A) – Leeds lost 2-1 at home in the corresponding fixture. With the ...

Report shares key role Marcelo Bielsa played as French side appoint new manager

Ligue 1 outfit Marseille announced Jorge Sampaoli as their manager last Friday, with the Argentine succeeding Andre Villas-Boas who was sacked last month. The former Sevilla boss will now look to impress on his second managerial stint in Europe, and Marseille have Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa to thank for Sampaoli’s arrival. According to Telefoot, the boss of the Elland Road outfit and Sampaoli were in discussion on the telephone for over 90 minutes about whether he should sign for the French outfit or not. 🚨 Toujours selon nos informations, Marcelo #Bielsa a échangé plus d’une heure et demi au téléphone avec #Sampaoli avant sa signature, le confortant encore plus dans son choix de rejoindre l’#OM (@YassinNfaoui) pic.twitter.com/0ILJLraH9E — Téléfoot (@telefoot_TF1) Febru...

‘Surprising’: Alan Shearer delivers honest verdict on Leeds after defeat vs Villa

Leeds United lost 1-0 against Aston Villa in the Premier League at Elland Road on Saturday. Anwar El Ghazi scored an early goal for Villa and Dean Smith’s side maintained the lead throughout. Villa were resolute at the back and Leeds failed to find a way to break them down. Once again, Leeds enjoyed loads of possession but surprisingly they failed to create enough clear-cut opportunities. Speaking to Premier League productions post-match (h/t Leeds Live), popular football pundit Alan Shearer has suggested what has surprised him about Leeds. “They had a gameplan, kicked it long and then played one or two-touch football in the final third and they never gave Leeds a chance to settle or get into the game,” he said. “Leeds were very flat, low on energy, which is surprising. “You have to say we...

Bielsa reveals what he told £20m Villa player after the match

Leeds United lost 1-0 against Aston Villa in the Premier League at Elland Road on Saturday. Before the match started, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa was seen chatting with Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. In the post-match press conference, when Bielsa was asked to comment what he said to Martinez, the Leeds boss replied (h/t Leeds Live): “We just said hello. We’re compatriots.” Martinez, who joined in the summer transfer window from Arsenal for a fee in the region of £20 million, has been simply outstanding for Villa this season. The Argentine wasn’t forced to make enough saves during the game against Leeds, but he did well enough to make his presence felt. SL View – Different view from Bielsa Leeds didn’t create enough clear-cut chances, while Villa did well to frustrate them after ta...

Bielsa says he wishes all Leeds players were like 24y/o due to one reason

Leeds United lost 1-0 at the hands of Aston Villa on Saturday, suffering their 13th Premier League defeat of the campaign. Having picked up 35 points from 26 league games, the Elland Road have done fairly well this term and will look to improve next season and going forward. Leeds are looking at up to five new recruits in the summer transfer window, and they will be hoping to land players that can hit the ground running like Raphinha has done. The Brazilian joined the Whites from Rennes for £17 million last summer, and has scored five goals and assisted another five in 21 Premier League games thus far. Raphinha is already attracting the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United barely six months since he moved to England, and more suitors from Europe are expected to emerge in the coming mon...

Big blow for West Ham, Man City star returns, Chelsea man misses out

The 26th round of fixtures in the Premier League features some key match-ups at both ends of the EPL table. We’ll update this story with reports, results, highlights and the latest Premier League standings throughout the weekend. The action is already underway, with Manchester City going head-to-head with West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium. Ruben Dias and John Stones got the City goals, with Michail Antonio replying for the visitors. West Bromwich Albion versus Brighton & Hove Albion is the 3.00 pm kick-off, with Leeds United vs Aston Villa following. Newcastle United round off proceedings today with a tough home fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers. There are five games on Sunday, with the clash between Chelsea and Manchester United the pick of the bunch. The Blues will be witho...

‘It’s been shame’: Shelvey claims what it’s like to play against Leeds, reveals what he told Rodrigo

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has thrown light on what it is like to play against Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United. The Whites have done incredibly well upon returning to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years under the management of Bielsa. The Yorkshire club have played an attacking brand of football and they have never parted ways with their style despite some heavy defeats on the road. Another trademark feature of Bielsa’s Leeds is that they cover a lot of distance and they press incredibly hard, almost squeezing the life out of the opponent. Whether it’s the first minute or the final minute, whether they are winning or losing, it’s been the same in almost every game. Shelvey recalls the match when Leeds visited St James’ Park in January. The Whites won 2-1 in that ...

Predicted Aston Villa XI v Leeds United: Smith to make two changes, 26-yr-old to start

Aston Villa travel to Leeds United in the Premier League this weekend and they will be hoping to get back to winning ways. They were beaten by Leicester City in their last outing and Dean Smith will demand a strong reaction from his players. Villa are currently going through an injury crisis and will be without key players Matty Cash and Jack Grealish. Kortney Hause is also sidelined with an injury, while Wesley is still working his way up to match fitness. Smith: “Matty Cash is back on the training pitches running, we’ll be guided by the medical department on when he joins in with us. “Kortney Hause is due to be back on the grass next week, and Wesley should be back in full contact training in the next week or two.”#LEEAVL pic.twitter.com/r1nKACnfZV — Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) February ...

Bielsa delivers three word reaction about Leeds star’s availability against Aston Villa

Leeds United will take on Aston Villa in the Premier League clash on Saturday. Ahead of the match, Marcelo Bielsa has delivered the latest team news, and Leeds fans won’t be very happy with it. The Leeds boss has confirmed that both Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo are unavailable once again through injuries. Also, doubts remain about Mateusz Klich’s fitness. The Polish midfielder was taken off in the last match against the Saints. Bielsa has claimed that Klich is doing well at the moment, but when asked whether the midfielder would be available for the weekend clash, he replied – “I don’t know.” Robin Koch due back in training the first week of March. #lufc — Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) February 25, 2021 Bielsa has suggested (as per Phil Hay) that the club is not taking any risks with Phillips w...

‘Stimulus for us’: Leeds man makes interesting claim about ‘great’ Villa player

Marcelo Bielsa has described Jack Grealish as a ‘great’ player ahead of Leeds United’s Premier League game against Aston Villa on Saturday. Grealish missed Villa’s defeat against Leicester City in the previous match. He is apparently suffering from a leg injury and is doubtful for this weekend. While it is a huge boost for Leeds if Grealish misses out, Bielsa has suggested that he would want his side to face the playmaker. The 25-year-old has been in outstanding form for Villa this season, and Dean Smith is confident that he can shake off his injury and play against Leeds. However, Bielsa being Bielsa, he feels that his players will perform even better if Grealish plays, hinting that his presence could motivate his players to play out of their skin. “On one side he is a great player, a pla...

‘I’d love someone like him’: Popular pundit suggests who he wants for Celtic job

Celtic are looking to appoint a new manager after Neil Lennon resigned from his role on Wednesday. Popular football pundit and talkSPORT presenter (also a massive Celtic fan), Alan Brazil has suggested that he wants to see Marcelo Bielsa to take the managerial role. Brazil, who came through the Hoops academy, has suggested that he will get the fans ‘buzzing’, and the fans will appreciate the ‘free-flowing’ football under him. Brazil told talkSPORT: “You know who I would love to come in? It’s not going to happen, for me it’s the Celtic way… Bielsa. “I’d love someone like him to come up there and get them buzzing, playing free-flowing football, chasing every ball and harrying, but that’s not going to happen.” SL View – Not going to happen  This is just wishful thinking from Brazil as he...

Liverpool and Man Utd want to sign exciting 24-yr-old attacker who has impressed in the PL

Liverpool are interested in signing Leeds United winger Raphinha this summer. According to Gianluigi Longari, Premier League side Manchester United are also keen on the Brazilian. Manchester United, Liverpool and other clubs are interested in signing Leeds United winger #Raphinha this summer, it will be well contested in the summer. #LUFC want to keep him. #MUFC #LFC — Gianluigi Longari (@Glongari) February 24, 2021 The 24-year-old has made quite an impact in the Premier League since his move to Leeds, and it is hardly a surprise that the top clubs are looking to snap him up. The right-sided winger has five goals and five assists to his name in the Premier League this season. SL View: Much needed competition for the front three? The Reds needs to improve their attacking options in the summ...