Public enemy No.1 says Leeds boss Bielsa has January transfer plans

Date published: Monday 9th November 2020 11:25 - Matthew Briggs

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Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa will already be working on signing defensive recruits in January.

The former Aston Villa attacker has become public enemy No.1 for Leeds fans recently with a number of disparaging comments.

The 34-year-old Birmingham-born pundit has certainly not endeared himself to the West Yorkshire club.

Firstly he labelled Bielsa a “myth” before United’s 3-0 away win at Villa Park last month.

Agbonlahor told talkSPORT before the game: “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.”

Leeds hit back though after the game when they shared images of Agbonlahor’s pre-match criticism alongside a picture of their celebrations during the game, with the caption “How it started. How it ended.”

Agbonlahor then predicted Leeds to finish no higher than 14th after they were beaten by Leicester at Elland Road last week.

Now though Agbonlahor has been asked by Football Insider for comment on Bielsa’s planning. And the Villa man is sure that the Argentinian is well on with plans for January after three defeats in four games.

“Bielsa looks like a guy who’s ready, I’m sure he’ll already have players, one or two players, that he might want to sign in January,”

Agbonlahor said. “You look at him on the pitch, you can see him look at his whole team, he’ll know exactly what
areas they’ve got strengthen in, and you can tell you that he’s wants Leeds to be a top team.

“He’s not going to want them just to be in the Premier League and stay in there so I’m sure he’ll bring in the right defenders to take Leeds to the next level.”

Leeds have a two-week break now due to internationals and face Arsenal on November 22 at Elland Road in a 4.30pm kick-off.

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Bamford speaks out

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Patrick Bamford was left baffled after his early equaliser in the 4-1 loss at Crystal Palace was chalked off by a massively controversial VAR decision.

The in-form striker looked to have timed his run to perfection when latching onto Mateusz Klich’s clever pass.

And it seemed his cool finish in the 17th-minute had made it 1-1. But the goal went to a VAR review and was ruled offside.

Replays suggested he was onside. But in pointing to where he wanted the pass to be made, Bamford‘s outstretched arm was deemed to be offside.

It caused amazement to pundits and TV viewers alike.

He said: “I don’t understand the rule. You can’t score with your arm. It doesn’t make sense.”


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