In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie has urged Marcelo Bielsa to address Leeds United’s defensive structure so that they can reach that next level.
However, defensively, there is much work to be done. Having conceded 48 goals in 30 games, Leeds have one of the worst records for goals conceded.
If Bielsa can solve that issue, Hendrie believes the Whites would go on to become a serious outfit in English football’s top flight.
Speaking exclusively to FFC on the matter, the retired Premier League footballer said:
“My big point with Bielsa is that he’s so attack–minded in his style of play that if they got a defensive structure in place, I think Leeds would be a big force. Now whether that means bringing in someone who’s going to deal with defensive duties and Bielsa gets on with what he does…”
Hendrie later went on to add:
“We all like to watch Leeds, but defensively there’s been a massive, massive question mark and that’s why they haven’t kicked on again this season, because they’re coming into the Premier League against very good attack-minded football sides and top-quality players. I feel if they got that defensive structure right, I feel that Leeds would be a really big force.”
The above is certainly something for Bielsa to consider, especially if he wants his side to compete for European football next season.
The likes of West Ham, Everton and Aston Villa, who are all in or around those European qualification spots, all boast significantly better defensive records.