Darren Bent has disclosed his reservations over the breathless Leeds United playing style but is convinced nothing will change behind the scenes in terms of how they approach their next matches.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Tottenham striker was torn over of Bielsa’s “stubborn” approach.
Leeds have been this season’s go-to option for thrill-seeking fans, but their system is not without its pitfalls – they have conceded 30 times in the Premier League already, more than anyone else – and were humiliatingly walloped 6-2 by Man United on Sunday.
Despite the obvious risks, Bielsa himself has stated Leeds will “not abandon” their trademark approach.
Asked what he thought of the manager’s almost militant commitment to attacking football, Bent told Football Insider: “Well we know, that’s no secret. That’s not a surprise with Bielsa that he’s going to play one way and one way only. We’ve seen it in the Championship and it’s going to be the same in the Premier League.”
Leeds have registered impressive results against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Newcastle United in their first Premier League season in 16 years. But there have also been banana skins against Crystal Palace, Leicester City and now Manchester United.
Is this constant cycle of triumph and disaster, in Bent’s eyes, conducive to top-flight survival?
“To be fair, he [Bielsa] will be looking at all these results and they’ve lost a few and won a few but a lot of the games that they have lost, they’ve been in the game.
“They’ve had opportunities to get something more from them games, and also they’ve had some big victories.
“So for Bielsa, he’s probably thinking: ‘Well, why should I change? This is perfectly fine for us, I think we could get results playing this way.’
“Obviously, it’s quite stubborn but listen, I enjoy watching Leeds play.
“I do think defensively at times they need to maybe be a little bit more reserved and a bit more cautious but Bielsa’s not going to do that so who are we to say otherwise.”