'It's clear to see' - Leeds United's debut Premier League campaign under Marcelo Bielsa lauded by pundit

Leeds United's debut Premier League campaign under Marcelo Bielsa has been lauded by pundit Jermaine Jenas.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 11:58 am
Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa. Pic: Getty

The Whites are enjoying an impressive first season in the top flight following 16 years away from English football's spotlight.

Bielsa masterminded the club's return at the second time of asking as the Elland Road outfit lifted the Championship title last summer and now sees his side sit ninth in the standings with just five games remaining.

United's first objective was to steer clear of the relegation zone and avoid an immediate drop back into the Football League at the first time of asking.

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Leeds, though, have taken the Premier League by storm this term having enjoyed some strong results, most notably a 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad stadium two weeks ago.

Bielsa has followed up the three points across the Pennines against the runaway league leaders with draws against reigning champions Liverpool and arch rivals Manchester United.

A victory over Sheffield United preceded those results, meaning Leeds have enjoyed a stellar and unbeaten April with the season nearing its end.

"They've had a great season - it's as simple as that," Jenas told Match of the Day.

"I think individually you're looking at players who have adapted and developed coming from the Championship.

"Everybody had eyes on them thinking what is this team and they style of football we're going to be seeing.

"They've had the exciting moments - the highs and the lows. But you look at players like Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling, who has come through the leagues - he's done really well in his first season in the Premier League.

"Kalvin Phillips has got himself an England call-up too. I think the game [against Manchester United] has really shown that growth and development.

"I know we're touched on the evolution of the team but the maturity was clear to see."