Former defender and Sky EFL pundit Liam Rosenior has dubbed Marcelo Bielsa a genius for what he achieved with Leeds United this season, via LUFCDATA.
The comments came after the Whites were dumped out of the play-offs following a thrilling 4-2 defeat to Derby County at Elland Road on Wednesday night.
“As a coach, the man is a genius,” Rosenior said.
“What he’s done with this team, the young players he’s used. I think we should be celebrating him for the job he’s done at Leeds.
“It’s been a joy to watch them play all season. They’ve been absolutely brilliant.”
Stuart Dallas looked to have put the tie beyond doubt when he reacted quickest to a loose ball in the Derby box but a goal from substitute Jack Marriott with his first touch after coming on dragged them back into contention on the stroke of half-time.
Mason Mount then levelled the tie just seconds after the restart before Harry Wilson edged the Rams in front for the first time from the spot after Liam Cooper had needlessly fouled Mason Bennett.
Leeds came back soon after, however, and Dallas levelled the tie with a brilliant second but four minutes from time Marriott etched his name into Derby folk-law when he chipped in the winning goal to spark jubilant scenes in the away end.
Rosenior is spot on here.
It is very easy to jump all over Leeds following last night’s result but considering how few changes have been made to the Whites, to get them to where they are is absolutely brilliant.
Hopefully, Bielsa stays, but even if he does not he has left behind a top-class blueprint for his successor to follow.