Another catastrophic defeat for Leeds United in the Premier League has raised many questions about whether Marcelo Bielsa66 years old, still the right person for the job.
The Argentinian has had great moments with the whites, but his time may be running out due to poor results and his ability to manage a team. Leeds is 5 points ahead of the relegation group but has only won 3 matches after 18 matches in the Premier League.
Leeds’ fixture doesn’t get any easier as they end the year against Liverpool and Aston Villa, one below Steven Gerard who took his team from the bottom of the table, to the relegation zone, a few points away from the European position.
December has been a difficult month for Marcelo Bielsa and his Leeds team
In December, Bielsa is yet to win a match against Leeds, with one draw and three consecutive losses. One problem Bielsa had against Liverpool was the number of goals conceded; Leeds is the second most conceded team with 36 goals, just behind Newcastle with 41 goals.
They play the team that scored the most goals this season; The Red Devils have 50 Premier League goals in 18 games.
Bielsa’s time at Leeds could end sooner than expected.
This season’s poor results have raised questions about whether he should continue in 2022. Leeds could have another manager right after their first game of the year.
The Whites announced at the start of the season that Bielsa renews contract until the end of the 2021/2022 season. Bielsa led The Whites in 2018. Since then, the Argentinian has had his fair share of happy moments with fans and players around the globe.
Marcelo Bielsa has lost three games in a row in his first stint as Leeds United manager:
❌ 3-2 vs Chelsea
❌ 7-0 vs Man City
4-1 vs Arsenal
It was a pretty tough run. 😫 pic.twitter.com/SBOaqxBUq1
– William Hill (@WilliamHill) December 18, 2021
Leeds players need to pull up their socks
The players have to change their mentality if they still have to believe in Bielsa’s methods and coaching style. Brazil International Raphinha has played a key role in his performance, scoring eight goals this season.
Others have not enjoyed the same fate; Rodrigo, who arrived from Valencia at the start of the season, did not perform at his highest potential, scored twice in 12 matches. A heel injury ruled him out until January, perhaps just in time for Bielsa and company’s back-of-the-year saga.
Whether or not Leeds decides to sack Bielsa at the end of the year or at the beginning of the new year, one thing is for sure, the players will be the same. The reinforcements must arrive in January, that could help Bielsa save his future.
https://thetopflight.com/2021/12/22/marcelo-bielsa-time-leeds-united/ Is Marcelo Bielsa’s time at Leeds United coming to an end?