Leeds United building a replica pitch to Elland Road at Thorp Arch is further proof of the club’s current positive momentum, according to Kevin Phillips.
The Lowdown: New pitch built at Thorp Arch
Last week, it was confirmed that Marcelo Bielsa had requested for the Elland Road turf to be copied at Leeds’ training ground, in order to aid his team further.
The idea is that the players will grow even more accustomed to the dimensions of their home pitch, enhancing their chances of positive results in the process.
The Latest: Phillips hails decision
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips lauded the decision, which has also been implemented at other clubs, saying it highlights the fresh thinking of Bielsa:
“Top Premier League clubs do the same. Even top Championship clubs have a training pitch that’s identical to their home pitch.
“It just makes sense doesn’t it? If you’re training on a pitch every day that’s different to your stadium. Imagine that, it’s so bizarre.
“It shows how Leeds are moving forward. It’s a forward-thinking move from the club. And of course you have to give Bielsa the credit for that.”
The Verdict: Typical of Bielsa
Bielsa is known for his incredible dedication to the specifics of football and this outlines the lengths he goes to make his team as good as possible.
It may not be rocket science, but it is something that a lot of managers may not even consider, but the Leeds boss is always looking for those little extra advantages.
The hope is that the new pitch makes the Whites’ Elland Road form even better, having won eight of their 19 home Premier League matches last season.
If the club can improve that even further and really make Elland Road into a fortress, perhaps we could see a push for the European places next term.
In other news, Leeds are reportedly still interested in signing a Premier League attacker this summer. Read more here.
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