Illan Meslier has been dropped from the Leeds United starting XI because he continually went long in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Burnley.
That is according to ex-Whites shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Leeds’ 2-0 victory over Southampton on Tuesday.
At St. Marys’, Kiko Casilla was preferred in net to Meslier for just the second time in the league this season.
After Leeds’ rout at Turf Moor last weekend, Marcelo Bielsa was asked whether the instruction to go long had come from him.
The Argentine responded: “No, and as a result none of those attacks prospered.”
Kenny was surprised by the decision.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “The fact he dropped him for going long, I think, is a little bit tough. He kept them in the game at 1-0.
“If it wasn’t for him, they wouldn’t have gone on and won 4-0. It was a little bit naive, but for him [Bielsa] to come out and have a go at him…
“Maybe he didn’t feel comfortable. Sometimes you do need to put your foot through the ball.
“I’m sure it’s something that Bielsa will address. It’s a learning curve for him.
“He made some amazing saves to keep at 1-0, so I’d have concentrated on those positives rather than the negatives.
“I think it’s unbelievably harsh to drop him. He’s still so young. He’s a baby, really.”