Marcelo Bielsa was desperately urging youngster Charlie Cresswell to score a goal in Leeds United’s defeat to West Ham, according to Phil Hay.
The Lowdown: Leeds suffer another loss
The Whites’ poor start to the season continued on Saturday, with the Hammers leaving Elland Road with a dramatic 2-1 victory, following Michail Antonio’s late winner.
It means Leeds are still without a Premier League win in 2021/22, with fans growing increasingly frustrated six games in.
The Latest: Hay makes interesting claim
It appears as though the pressure is starting to show on Bielsa, with The Athletic‘s Hay claiming that the manager was shouting at young defender Cresswell to provide some attacking inspiration late in the game:
“As the minutes of stoppage time counted down, Marcelo Bielsa and the coaches around him began gesticulating at defender Charlie Cresswell.
“Go forward, they urged him. Abandon the defence and get into the West Ham United box. Find a goal from somewhere.”
The Verdict: Bielsa under pressure
After such an impressive first season in the Premier League, in which Leeds finished ninth, they are now being questioned for the first time back in the top-flight.
It is very early days, of course, but there are signs of strain showing for Bielsa, with his late antics perhaps proof of that.
There is no great reason for panic and the manager certainly has plenty of credit in the bank with fans and the club’s hierarchy, but Leeds’ current rut needs to end as soon as possible or they could really find themselves in a relegation fight as the weeks pass.
In other news, one Leeds player has suffered another injury blow. Find out who it is here.
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