Speaking on his latest Q&A for the Athletic, journalist Phil Hay has been revealing insight into Marcelo Bielsa’s time at Leeds United so far – going on to state the one player he ‘grew tired‘ of at Elland Road.
Bielsa, who was appointed in the summer of 2018 having managed prestigious South American international sides like Chile and his native Argentina, has since gone on to become a key figure in Yorkshire – nearly guiding United to promotion last season.
This time around, Leeds are within touching distance of a return to the top flight again, currently sitting top of the Championship table amid the EFL’s current suspension. Responding to supporters via his Q&A, journalist Hay has now revealed that the fan-favourite boss has time for all of his squad members – with the exception of former defender Pontus Jansson.
The Swedish international was a mainstay under Bielsa during the Argentine’s first full season in charge, making 37 Championship starts whilst averaging 2.4 tackles and 2.3 interceptions per game (WhoScored). However, according to Hay, Bielsa eventually ‘grew tired’ of Jansson despite him playing nearly every game bar the Play-Off semi-final second leg at home to Derby last season.
Indeed, Jansson did infamously make some attempt to stop Albert Adomah from scoring Aston Villa’s equaliser after Bielsa instructed his players to let the opposition grab a goal back due to fair play, which may have been a flash-point.
According to quotes from the Sun, Jansson explained that the manager instructed him to ‘listen to the coach next time’ despite being fairly understanding – but whether or not this led to their tainted relationship is up for debate.
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