Darren Bent suggests that a language barrier could prove an issue for Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa when dealing with behind-the-scenes problems at Elland Road.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England striker believes that it may prove difficult for the Argentine to communicate effectively over personal concerns the players may have.
As quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post last week, midfielder Kalvin Phillips admitted that there had been arguments among the squad after the Luton draw, insisting it is “not really in our nature” to butt heads.
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Bent insists that players will have no doubt about Bielsa’s demands from a footballing perspective but suggests more nuanced talks with the manager could prove an issue.
Asked if Bielsa’s lack of English could prove problematic when trying to sort out issues behind closed doors, Bent told Football Insider: “It is difficult because you think when you’re in there, you think to yourself how’s he going to relay his message if he’s not speaking the same language?
“However, they have been working with Bielsa long enough now, they know what standards he sets and expects. If you don’t know that by now, you shouldn’t be at Leeds.”
Bielsa, who arrived at Elland Road in the summer of 2018, still uses a translator when conducting press conferences and interviews, while Adam Forshaw revealed to the BBC that the same occurs in the dressing room.
The Argentine’s former translator Salim Lamrani was replaced in the role by coach Diego Flores last summer.
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