Former Leeds United defender Stephen Warnock is worried that the demands Marcelo Bielsa has placed upon his squad could see them struggle as the season progressed (Daily Express). Leeds currently sit top of the Sky Bet Championship six games in, but long-term the former Whites skipper believes they may have some issues down the line.
Warnock has highlighted the fact that Bielsa has quite a relatively small squad at his disposal at Elland Road. Leeds have enjoyed an unbeaten league start so far, playing some excellent football in the process, but tiredness and fatigue might be a problem as the months pass in what is always a gruelling EFL schedule.
Whilst the 36-year-old has been impressed by them so far, things could easily change in a very predictable league,
“It was one of those with Bielsa where you didn’t know which way it was going to go.
“Whether Bielsa was going to be a genius or not! Especially with the euphoria that surrounded him.
“And I think they started off very well. But then the way he wants to play is going to take its toll on the players.
“At the minute they are top! But Leeds started this way last season.
“Not with the same style of football but certainly a possession-based game. They finished mid-table.
“So you look at that and think ‘it didn’t work for them that time’.
“OK, they’ve strengthened in the summer but Bielsa has not really put any of those signings into his first XI.
“We’re just seeing now, even early on, when it has to be Saturday-Tuesday it’s very, very difficult to replicate that form with the size of the squad that they’ve got.”
Once the international break is over, Leeds travel to Millwall and then entertain Preston North End and Birmingham City in home games, all in the space of a week.