Redknapp questions training methods, Augustin has quiet debut for U23s
04 Feb 2020 08:56 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 4th February, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road....
Augustin has quiet debut for U23's
Jean-Kevin Augustin made his first appearance in a Leeds United shirt yesterday as the U23's were held to a 2-2 draw against local rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. The 22 year old former PSG hitman started the first 45 minutes for Carlos Corberan’s side before being substituted following an injury concern in the dying minutes of the first half. Fortunately it was nothing to worry about, and it was always planned that Augustin would only participate in the 45 minutes.
Its fair to say that the former French Youth International had a quiet game which disappointed a lot of fans hoping he would hit the ground running!
Redknapp questions whether Bielsa's training will lead to burnout!
Soccer pundit Jamie Redknapp has questioned Marcelo Bielsa's training sessions are too “intense” and whether that is having a detrimental affect on the Leeds players.
Is Bielsa’s training too intense? We hear stories about how intense Marcelo Bielsa’s training sessions are, so has that played a part in Leeds’ poor form?” Redknapp said. “This is not the first time this has happened, of course. Last season Leeds were top of the table on Boxing Day, six points clear of third. Then they went on to miss out on automatic promotion. Their players will be desperate to avoid the lottery of the play-offs again.
You may recall that during Leeds pre season tour of Australia, several Leeds players including Captain Liam Cooper confiding in former player Michael Bridges expressing their fears and concerns that burnout, come the second half of the season. 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. It's not one game a week, some of the boys are playing three a week. They just felt they didn't have enough rest and didn't feel quite right going into games. And I think Bielsa's learned a lot from last season and the boys will be a lot fitter and fresher this year.
The style of play, like I say, is absolutely superb to watch. And they're running teams into the ground, not only with the ball but without the ball, they close them down, there's a high press and I think that it all comes down to the work that is done off the park and keeping the boys as fresh as possible to play this brand of football.
Astonishing, after 30 league games only 14 players have played 5 games or more! Thoughts?