By Kevin Phillips

14th Mar, 2021 | 12:00pm

Kevin Phillips verdict on misfiring attackers derailing Leeds season and what Bielsa will do

Marcelo Bielsa will not let his side’s season fall apart after two toothless attacking displays from Leeds United in recent weeks. 

That’s according to former Sunderland forward Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the goal-shy Whites.

Leeds have failed to score in their last two Premier League games against West Ham and Chelsea though it was at the London Stadium where finishing let them down.

According to Wyscout, Leeds registered an expected goals rate (xG) of three against the Hammers which means Bielsa’s side massively underperformed in front of goal.

Despite another blank against Chelsea, Phillips isn’t too worried about Leeds as he insists Bielsa won’t let these performances affect the rest of the season.

“It happens. At West Ham, they could probably still be playing now and they wouldn’t have scored,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“I’ve played in matches like that myself and it’s so frustrating but you can’t let one game or two performances affect the rest of the season. 

“I don’t think Bielsa will let that happen. He’s too professional and too experienced to let that happen. 

“Let’s face it, they have played two bang in form sides in West Ham and Chelsea, so there’s no disgrace. 

“The positives they can take from it is they created an awful lot of opportunities and on other days it could’ve been a different story. 

“There’s nothing really for me to get too down about.”

Leeds’ top goalscorer Patrick Bamford picked up a knock in the first half of Saturday’s draw against Chelsea and had to be withdrawn which will be a fresh concern for Leeds fans.

Bielsa didn’t give an update on his star man after the game with Whites supporters hoping he isn’t sidelined for an extended period.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has tipped the club to save millions after what he’s heard from Angus Kinnear.