Top manager does Leeds tactics deep dive & reveals which players are to blame
Alex McLeish has pointed the finger of blame at the Leeds United defenders after Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat against Everton.
The former Rangers and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he used to think the Whites’ inability to keep teams at bay stemmed from a tactical issue but insisted it was “brutal defensive lapses” which cost them against the Toffees.
Goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin sealed all three points at Elland Road, with Raphinha netting for the home side.
Leeds failed to track the run of the Icelandic midfielder for Everton’s first, while the England striker was allowed to head home from close range from a corner.
McLeish has revealed he used to think the Whites’ issues at the back were as a result of Marcelo Bielsa’s tactical decisions but suggested the players had to take blame against the Toffees.
Asked if Leeds’ defensive problems came from the tactics or personnel, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “A couple of weeks ago I thought it was more technical in terms of two big gaps for the McTominay goal (v Manchester United).
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“There was a huge gap between the midfield and the back four and McTominay somehow strolled in there and rattled in a 20-yarder or so. That seemed to get eradicated in the very next game and Leeds are like that – it’s a roller-coaster, isn’t it?
“I watched parts of the game when Everton had gone ahead and it was 2-1 and Leeds battered Everton – I thought: ‘This football is fantastic’. They just couldn’t score.
“That’s what Leeds can do – they can have brutal defensive lapses at the back and then they go forward on the assault which is extremely pleasing on the eye and that makes for a great game to watch.”
Leeds now sit 11th in the Premier League, with a home tie against Crystal Palace up next.