Lee Bowyer has suggested, in comments reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, that Marcelo Bielsa has worked miracles at Leeds United after his Charlton Athletic side edged their meeting on Saturday.
The Addicks won 1-0 at the Valley, leaving Leeds reflecting on their first dropped points away from home this season.
It was arguably one of the Whites’ poorest performances under Bielsa. While they dominated possession and played a lot of the game in the opposition’s half, Leeds rarely looked like getting the equaliser.
Nevertheless, Bowyer has insisted that Leeds have come a very long way during Bielsa’s tenure as he opened up about watching them before his arrival.
“I’ve got the utmost respect for everybody at Leeds,” he said, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “Trust me, that manager has worked miracles with the squad he has.
“I watched Leeds two years ago and they weren’t very good. Now they’re a top side, that’s down to the manager and his staff.”
The level of disappointment arguably sums up how far Leeds have come. Before Bielsa’s arrival, Whites fans had to put up with their fair share of abject performances. And rather than anger and frustration, the overriding feeling would have been one of resignation.
It is a worry that similar problems are emerging each week currently. But Leeds have the quality to turn their form around. And with the Championship table so tight, the opportunity is still there for Bielsa’s men to take control of the division.
A win against league leaders West Brom on Tuesday would be the ideal way to bounce back.