Alan Hutton has questioned Marcelo Bielsa’s open game plan and insisted that Leeds United need to tighten up all across the pitch to thrive in the Premier League.
The former Aston Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits from his first-hand experience that it can be difficult to adapt to the cut and thrust of the Premier League after being promoted.
The Whites have conceded seven goals from their opening two games back in the top-flight, with a win and a defeat which both ended 4-3 under their belts.
Leeds were among the top scorers in the Championship last season while they had the best defensive record with just 35 goals conceded in their 46 games.
However, Hutton, who was promoted with Aston Villa into the Premier League, believes the midfield and attack are leaving the defence exposed to some of the best forward lines in world football.
Asked where the biggest issues lie for Bielsa, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think it’s a little bit everything, if you look at the team, they’re a free-flowing, attacking team. They’ve got full-backs who go forward, midfielders that make late runs into the box, you’ve got wingers and attackers.
“You can get left exposed. Even if they just sit with the two centre-halves and Phillips as the sitting, holding one, we’re talking about some of the best teams in the world – your Liverpool, Chelsea, all these type of teams.
“They sit with three, four men up top, ready to break and they break fast. Leeds, with the greatest respect to them, won’t be used to that. When you step up a level, you can’t stay as open – I found that out the hard way obviously myself and being at Villa.
“We used to play open and the counter-attack was always on and we always used to struggle running back to your own goal, it was always difficult to defend.
“I do believe they’ll stay up and have a good season but they just need to make sure the back door stays shut.”
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