Michael Brown has claimed Marcelo Bielsa will be holding tactics meetings at Thorp Arch to address the defensive issues at Leeds United during the international break.

The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested the club’s leaky defence will be eating away at the Argentine boss.

Leeds currently have the joint-worst defensive record in the Premier League alongside fellow promoted side West Brom, with both clubs having conceded 17 goals in their opening eight games.


However, Liam Cooper, Robin Koch and Stuart Dallas – who have been first-choice in three of the four defensive positions this season – are all away on international duty during the two-week break from domestic action.

Brown admitted it would be difficult for Leeds’ coaching staff to address the issues at the back and suggested they would have to work on tactics in the meeting room rather than with the players.

Asked how difficult it would be for Bielsa to address the issues with most of his defence away on international duty, Brown told Football Insider: “Listen, most clubs now in the Premier League, you see all the players away on international duty and it’s tough.

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“That’s the hardest thing, when you want to get some work done on the training ground, you have to do it virtual, you hope the players are coming back in an okay condition but we expect that, it’s been normal for a long period of time now.

“You want to get stuff done but there’s so many games as well so, from what I hear, there will be a lot of stuff done tactically, off the training ground in meetings, etcetera.”

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Koch, Luke Ayling and Illan Meslier have played every single minute of Leeds’ Premier League campaign so far, while Dallas has missed just nine minutes of action.

Meanwhile, club captain Cooper has sat out three games through injury.

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