Michael Bridges has claimed in an interview with English Football Show that Leeds United captain Liam Cooper – among other members of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad – have told him that the squad ran out of energy by December last season.
Leeds have started the 2019-20 campaign in superb form, sitting at the top of the Championship table with four wins and a draw from their opening five league games – beating Wigan Athletic, Bristol City, Stoke City and Brentford.
Similarly, Leeds began the 2018-19 season in flying colours and remained in the top two places for much of the campaign. However, they died off towards the end of the season, eventually finishing in third and losing in the play-offs.
Former Leeds striker Bridges has claimed he has been told by Cooper and other members of Leeds squad that the side ran out of energy as early as the turn of the year – which will worry Leeds fans given the side have adopted the same style this term.
“The other thing Leeds struggled with last year (as well as the injury to Kemar Roofe)… I was speaking to a few of players, (including) Liam Cooper the captain… they just felt after Christmas they’d almost run out of energy, the way they’d been playing football,” Bridges said.
TBR’s view – Can Leeds hold on this time around?
Patrick Bamford claimed earlier this season that the side are fitter than they were this time last season. However, the way Leeds play is so intense, that burnout is inevitable.
Instead of worrying that the squad could eventually run out of energy, Leeds must secure as many points as possible while they still have that energy and see how far they can go.