Marcelo Bielsa needs to find a way to make Leeds United more consistent after Sunday’s surprise FA Cup defeat to Crawley Town.
That is the view of former Aston Villa and Scotland defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Argentine boss was less than pleased with what he saw from his players at Broadfield on Sunday.
Bielsa chose to make three substitutions at half-time as he replaced regular starters Liam Cooper, Pascal Struijk and Rodrigo with Jack Harrison and rookies Jack Jenkins and Sam Greenwood.
The home side managed to put the Premier League side to the sword in the second half as Nick Tsaroulla, Ashley Nadesan and Jordan Tunnicliffe found the back of the net to seal a 3-0 win.
Hutton has suggested Bielsa was making a point by changing things so drastically at half-time and that the Crawley performance was another example of Leeds’ inconsistency this season.
Asked what he made of the three surprise changes at half-time, Hutton told Football Insider: “You can tell he wasn’t happy, he doesn’t come across, to me, as the type of guy who’d be disrespectful to an opponent.
“I think he’s obviously done that for a reason and the reason being, he wasn’t happy in the team’s performance. I think they’d done okay up until halftime when it was 0-0 but he obviously wanted more.
“That’s just Leeds all over now, you just don’t know what you’re going to get – you’re either going to get a 4-0 win or a 4-0 defeat. I just don’t think you can carry on that way, something has to change.
“He was probably proving a point that the ones that he’s taken off have not done good enough them. I just think that that it’s more likely that he looked at it that way rather than being disrespectful.”