Agbonlahor Exclusive: Bielsa will be having strong words with Leeds 'Kid' after 'what I saw'
Marcelo Bielsa will tell young Leeds United winger Ian Poveda to go down whenever he feels contact in the box, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker delivered his verdict after the 20-year-old stayed on his feet under a challenge in the area from Ben Chilwell on Saturday.
With Leeds 2-1 down in the second half, substitute Poveda rode a challenge from the England international instead of going down and giving the referee a decision to make.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, a penalty could have salvaged Leeds a vital point at Stamford Bridge.
Asked by Football Insider whether Poveda was being too honest, Agbonlahor said: “It’s hard because when I saw the incident what should happen is even if the player doesn’t go down but there’s no advantage then the ref should give a penalty.
“Otherwise, players will just go down under any touch. If you don’t go down you don’t get the penalty but if he had gone down, he would have got the penalty. It’s not fair on the player.
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“What will happen is that Bielsa will look at it and say after the game ‘you have to go down if you get touched’ because everyone else is doing it so you’re not doing anything bad, you’re just playing by the rules.
“Maybe that’s something that he’ll speak to the kid about being more streetwise, he’ll say ‘when you get kicked go down, because everyone else is doing it and it wins you penalties.'”
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