Alan Hutton can’t believe Leeds United are persisting with their “man-marking” system all over the pitch and insisted Mateusz Klich and Jack Harrison are exhausted.
The former Aston Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he was in awe of the Whites’ non-stop style but insisted it would take its toll on players.
Harrison has started on the bench for the Whites’ last two league games, while Klich has struggled to hit his previous heights in midfield.
Following Monday’s 2-0 defeat to West Ham, Leeds have now lost four of their last five Premier League matches.
Hutton suggested Marcelo Bielsa’s intense demands are starting to show on his squad.
Asked if he thought Klich had been out of sorts, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Well, no wonder with the amount of running they have to do. I think everybody would be the same.
“It’s one of those teams where they are at 110 per cent always, literally always. They do man for man marking that still baffles me. The way the season has gone, it’s their first season back, some of the best teams, best players that you’ll play against and there’s been no pre-season.
“Then to play this style of football, it’s going to have a toll on you. I don’t care who you are as a player and how fit you are. You look at Harrison, he’s been on the bench for the last few games.
“I think he’s been outstanding, he can run all day. However, he’s still going to have a blip in form. Everybody else is going to go through that, especially with that style of football.
“I think we’re just seeing that at different periods of different games. The likes of Klich or whatever have been magnificent but they’re going to have ups and downs. I think that’s just part of how it’s going to be when you play that type of football.”