Noel Whelan has insisted “obsessive” Marcelo Bielsa has been working Leeds United’s non-internationals hard at the training ground in recent days.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker is convinced the two-week gap between matches will be used fruitfully by the Argentine to improve the team.
Leeds dropped to third in the Championship table after losing their first match of the season, last Saturday’s home fixture against new leaders Swansea City.
The disappointment will rankle with Bielsa, according to Whelan, and he will be busy ahead of the domestic return next week to put things right.
“The non-international players will have been given a few days rest initially because it’s been a pretty intense schedule at the start of the season,” explained Whelan to Football Insider.
“But, from what I hear, they will definitely be working hard on team shape, drills and fitness as well. That is Bielsa’s way. They will have been working on certain things he will have noticed in the opening month of the season.
“He is a football obsessive who’s crazy about getting the little things right, and he would have been hugely disappointed by the failure to beat Swansea.
“The players will be getting that out of their systems, and Bielsa believes Thorp Arch is the best place to make improvements.”
United are next in action when they make the short journey to Barnsley on Sunday of next week for a 12.30pm Championship kick-off at Oakwell.