Darren Bent has hailed the “ruthless” decision making of Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England forward delivered his verdict after Whites midfielder Pascal Struijk was substituted after just 21 minutes against Aston Villa.
The 21-year-old, who has only played at centre-back previously this season, was operating as a defensive midfielder in the absence of Kalvin Phillips.
The young Dutchman picked up a yellow card after 10 minutes and after another heavy challenge, Bielsa opted to replace him with Jamie Shackleton.
Speaking after the game, the Argentine said: “There was a lot of mobility in the midfield, it was very dynamic and it was very easy for anyone to make a challenge out of time so as a result I was worried and made the substitution.”
Asked by Football Insider what he made of the decision, Bent said: “I’ve heard it first-hand after having conversations with Patrick Bamford about Marcelo Bielsa’s ruthlessness.
“I think that’s good with a manager. With Bielsa you know full well that it’s not personal. If you’re not doing the job for the team, you’re out of their straight away.
“They are by far the fittest team in the Premier League, they can all run.
“If you’re not doing something that is not helping the team, playing in the system he wants to play, then unfortunately you’re not going to last very long.
“I love that about Bielsa.
“They’re up there in the Premier League, all they can keep doing is playing the way they are, putting in the performances.
“The thing with Leeds that you have to give them credit for is that even if they’re not playing very, very well because they work so hard they ultimately end up running themselves into a good game.”
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