Former Leeds man would excel under Bielsa, claims old teammate

Date published: Thursday 27th February 2020 9:28

Former Leeds man Ben Parker believes that his old Leeds teammate Jonny Howson would thrive under Marcelo Bielsa given a chance to return to Elland Road.

Now at Middlesbrough, Howson impressed against his former employers on Wednesday night, despite his side falling to a third straight defeat.


Howson, 31, is one of Jonathan Woodgate’s key players and his manager will be looking for him to carry on his good form to fight off relegation.

Now Parker, who played with Howson as he came through at Leeds, has taken to twitter to agree that the midfielder, who has been playing at right-back, could still impress under Bielsa. He also managed to admit he might struggle himself.

Parker tweeted: ‘Yeah I saw him and agree, thought he was their best player by a mile. And Jonny would definitely thrive here but not so sure I would hack it.’

Howson made 225 appearances for his boyhood club before transferring to Norwich City in 2012. He made another 188 appearances for the Canaries in his five-year spell in East Anglia.

Middlesbrough then took the midfielder to the Riverside, paying £6m to secure his services. He’s since made 116 appearances on Teesside.



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