Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Alex Bruce, son of Newcastle United boss Steve, has outlined the potential issues Leeds gaffer Marcelo Bielsa will face when the campaign eventually resumes – bringing fitness concerns into question.
Bielsa, who was forced to cancel intensive training sessions by order of club officials earlier in the week, will now have to ponder a method in which he can get his players back to full speed for when the Championship season resumes.
The Argentine coach, debatably, places fitness at the top of his list when it comes to priorities – with Bruce explaining that it could be ‘impossible‘ for players to keep up Bielsa’s standard of fitness during football’s suspension. Indeed, with Leeds sitting top of the Championship, this could turn out to be a real concern as the Whites bid for a return to the top flight, especially considering the potential consequences for the lack of football-based training.
“It’s impossible for any footballer to replicate what you do on the training ground. When you train by yourself, it’s absolutely impossible to do what you do in training,” explained Bruce to Football Insider.
“There’s no training more beneficial to a footballer than when you are doing football-related exercises with the amount of bodies to a similar level to what you are.
“Bielsa demands certain fitness levels, only he will know when the players come back the level they are at. Footballers are that athletic, certainly in my career, I noticed that when you go back for pre-seasons now, it doesn’t look like some certain people have been away.”
Whether or not this issue could prove detrimental to Leeds’ promotion hopes is up for debate, but judging by Bruce’s verdict, it could most certainly be a factor to consider.
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