Chris Sutton has told BBC Radio 5 Live that the difference between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United is that the Baggies have much more fire power – and that Marcelo Bielsa has not learnt from last season’s mistakes.
Leeds are coming under increasing pressure and scrutiny having won just two of their last 10 Championship fixtures. A disappointing performance on Saturday saw the Whites lose 2-0 to promotion rivals Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
The Whites have managed just four goals since the turn of the year and new signing Jean-Kevin Augustin has been used just once by Bielsa, coming on for the last 20 minutes against Forest on Saturday. Bamford is likely to start against Brentford.
Sutton discussed the differences between leaders West Brom and Leeds, with Slaven Bilic’s side now four points clear – claiming the options up front is why West Brom are leading the pack. He also criticised Bielsa for failing to change his ways.
“Can I tell you the difference between Leeds and West Brom? Leeds have Bamford, I know they’ve got Augustin in now. But look at West Brom’s options up top. Robson-Kanu, Zohore, Charlie Austin. They have goals in their team,” Sutton said.
“Their recruitment, I think, has been superb. [Semi] Ajayi has been a brilliant addition from Rotherham. They’ve got [Kamil] Grosicki in. They seem to have the strength in depth. The argument against Leeds is they’re a one-trick pony up front.
“That is their issue. Bamford has lost a bit of form and that is going to cost them. The manager has to take responsibility – he should’ve learned his lessons from last season. but simply, he hasn’t.”
TBR’s view – Leeds are still firmly in the thick of it
Going off the scrutiny and criticism from those in the media, you would think Leeds had gone from top to bottom. But they still remain in second place on goal difference, but the concern is that this happened last season.
The difference perhaps this time around is that the inevitable Leeds lull is happening earlier this year, giving Bielsa’s men more time to turn it around – or more time to slip. Last term, it happened at the point where promotion or play-offs was determined.
The Whites stillhave an excellent chance of automatic promotion and will certainly finish in the top six.