Noel Whelan has slammed Gabriel Abgonlahor for his lack of football knowledge after his Leeds United put-down backfired massively.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker suggested the former Aston Villa star did not have a working TV in his living room and, if he did, he should watch a recording of Friday’s 3-0 drubbing of Dean Smith’s side.
Agbonlahor has said on talkSPORT ahead of the masterclass overseen by Marcelo Bielsa that “people need to calm down with Leeds United” after he dubbed their quality “a myth” on Twitter.
Leeds are a myth maybe all the pundits will get out of bielsas a…e 👀😂
— Gabriel Agbonlahor (@officialga11) October 19, 2020
He also suggested he would deactivate his social media account if Leeds won, although he has continued to tweet since Friday night and was graceful enough to admit the better side had been victorious.
Great Perfomance by Leeds yesterday. And well done Bamford 👏🏾. Nothing feels better than scoring a premier league hatrick against a top 4 club😉 pic.twitter.com/OOMbF0odcq
— Gabriel Agbonlahor (@officialga11) October 24, 2020
Whelan was in no doubt that the Villa legend’s comments had come back to emphatically haunt him from United’s triumph.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Outfought, outthought – they couldn’t cope with the intensity of how we played the game.
“You’ve got Gabby Agbonlahor coming out and saying it’s a myth, Bielsa’s a myth – well I wouldn’t be thinking that now when he’s seen his team get absolutely battered, not knowing which way to look or turn because everywhere they looked, Leeds players were at them.
“To me, that was some of the best Premier League football played by a team so far this season. They had no answers, the quickness of thinking, the quickness of play, the intensity on and off the ball.
“What Bielsa has done to the club in the space of two and a bit seasons is legendary status, he’s got that already at Leeds United. I think Gabby Agbonlahor is the only ex-football player that doesn’t believe in what Marcelo Bielsa’s been doing.
“I don’t know what room he’s been sitting in without a TV but he needs to have a look at that game, maybe he should watch the 90 minutes again and come back and give us another quote.”
Speaking on talkSPORT, Agbonlahor said: “Everyone is getting excited about Bielsa, but if you’re getting that excited by Bielsa, you must be putting the red carpet down for Dean Smith.
“Maybe because he’s English we don’t get too excited by him, but what he’s doing, tactics-wise, at Aston Villa, he deserves a lot of credit. I feel like people need to calm down with Leeds United at the moment.”