Marcelo Bielsa has had concerns over the Leeds United pitch, presumably playing a part in the Elland Road club looking to relay it ahead of their clash with Everton.
Leeds’ pitch was the centre of much criticism following a recent defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion and now the club have moved to address the issue.
That appears to be partly down to the fact that Bielsa had concerns over it.
Phil Hay has delivered an in-depth report on Leeds replacing the Elland Road pitch.
As per The Athletic, Leeds’ plan was to relay the entire pitch at Elland Road in the summer just gone. However, a short turnaround in the season meant that wasn’t doable.
The pitch at Elland Road is battered, forcing Leeds into a short-term action. They’ve purchased a pitch from Tottenham and it has been laid ready for their clash with Everton at the start of February.
Nevertheless, the pitch will be given the full works in the summer.
Bielsa’s ‘private’ concerns have also been revealed in this report, stating that whilst he refused to blame defeat to Brighton on the surface, it was still an issue for the meticulous head-coach.
Bielsa demands such slick football from his Leeds squad and the pitch was an issue.
Of course, it is the same for both sides, but it clearly knocked Leeds off their stride against Brighton and they struggled massively to get going.
That was the case earlier in the season against Leicester on a wet night at Elland Road.
Other sides adapt to conditions better than Leeds, so the pitch needs to be on the money.
This temporary solution will help before a full overhaul of the surface in the summer.
It’s the best we could’ve hoped for, and the best Bielsa could have asked for.