Gabriel Agbonlahor has hailed the work ethic of the Leeds United squad after spotting seven of them sprinting back to win the ball in the win over Crystal Palace.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker suggested the reason behind the Whites’ relentless performance is that the players did not want to get picked up by the coaching staff if they are not seen to be working hard.
Marcelo Bielsa’s sides have always been known for their running and his current Leeds United team are no different.
LeedsLive reporter Joe Donnohue tweeted that the Yorkshire giants had outrun every single one of their opponents in their opening 20 Premier League games.
And Agbonlahor reserved special praise for summer signing Raphinha who has often recorded more sprints than his teammates.
Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “He’s looking outstanding.
“But the whole Leeds team, in general, is looking very good. I watched the game against Crystal Palace and it was the last minute of the game and I’ve seen six or seven players sprinting back even though they were 2-0 up.
“I think if that’s other teams, they wouldn’t be as quick to get back because they’ve got two goals advantage in the last 30 seconds.
“Leeds look like a team that’s been drilled and they know if they don’t run back at that time, they know they’re going to be shown the video and be held accountable for it.
“It’s a credit to Leeds and credit to Bielsa. Raphinha has been outstanding as well.”
Raphinha was Leeds’ only summer signing that played against Palace and while he did not record a goal or assist he caught the eye with his trademark trickery.