Kenny 'so surprised' as he slams Bielsa amid 'season-defining' Leeds reveal
Marcelo Bielsa is guilty of being “too nice” and needs to prioritise Leeds United over his players’ European Championship hopes.
That is according to ex-Leeds shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Bielsa granted Robin Koch “early leave” ahead of the Euros.
Quoted by the Daily Mail, the Argentine boss rationalised his decision by saying Koch had the “potential to be called up or not called up to the German national team.”
The 24-year-old defender was indeed named in Joachim Low’s 26-man squad on Wednesday.
Koch has struggled with injuries throughout his maiden season in Yorkshire and is currently suffering from a minor hip problem which Bielsa does not want to aggravate.
But Kenny claims that Leeds should always come before Koch’s national team commitments.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I’m so surprised at that. I thought he [Bielsa] would want to concentrate on the league.
“It’s good for Koch because he can concentrate on himself and it gives him a bonus ahead of the Euros. But dropping points is a risk.
“There are still a few places they can go up, they could still finish in the top eight. They could also drop down a couple.
“Would you not want to play the last two games to get yourself fit and match-ready? Me personally, I’d want to play and take that form with me into the Euros.
“I think Bielsa needs to be a bit more selfish. I think you can be too nice sometimes.
“Everyone loves him but you need to concentrate on your own team first. Where they finish in the table is gonna be season-defining.”
Mateusz Klich, who represents Poland, was also granted early leave by Bielsa.
Leeds could finish as high as 8th in the Premier League standings with victory over West Brom on the final day.