It’s safe to say that Marcelo Bielsa has made quite the impact with Leeds United, since he was appointed as their manager in 2018.
Bielsa guided Leeds to a top-six finish in his first season, although their season came to a frustrating end after a defeat to Derby County in their play-off semi-final.
However, they seem to have learned from that campaign, and are currently sat top of the Championship table with just nine matches still to play this term.
One player that has played a key role for Bielsa’s side this season is Patrick Bamford, who has scored 13 goals in his 38 appearances for the Whites.
Speaking in a Q&A for Leeds’ official Twitter account, Bamford issued an insight into working for Bielsa, and revealed that the squad are grateful for the impact he has made since arriving at Elland Road.
“Hard! You’ve got to be mentally tuned in, you’ve got physically tuned in, but it’s rewarding. I think that if you ask anyone, you never get better if something is easy.
“If you’re constantly playing in your comfort zone, you’re never going to get to that next step and he pushes us everyday. Whilst sometimes there is probably days where we don’t feel like it, our legs are hurting and we’re probably moaning, we understand why and we’re grateful because he’s the one that has transformed this club.”
Bamford went on to state why he thought Leeds missed out on promotion last season, and revealed that there is a significant amount of respect between the squad and Bielsa.
“If you look at what he did last year with the players, pretty much the same group of players who had been there the year before, and if it wasn’t for our own naivety, we’d have gone up last year and stormed the league.
“You can see the sort of impact he has, it’s entertaining football, and you can see how hard every player works and after every game, every player is dead on their feet but that’s the way it is. I think the fact that he demands so much from us and we give it to him, there’s an awful lot of mutual respect between the group and him.”
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It’s no surprise to see him speaking highly of Bielsa.
The Argentine has worked wonders with Leeds United, as I can’t see any team catching them in the race for promotion into the Premier League this term.
Bamford has shown real improvement under Bielsa’s guidance as well, and I think he’s one of the most underrated players in the starting XI for the Yorkshire-based side.
He might not score as much as he’d like to, but his high-pressing from the front-line puts Leeds in strong positions higher up the pitch.