Gordon Strachan: Leeds United’s energy under Marcelo Bielsa leaps off the screen

The Leeds United legend says the Whites have made an impressive start to the season and credits manager Marcelo Bielsa’s confident approach…


The energy of Leeds United jumps out of the screen at you.

You’ve heard of 3D TV, well watching them is like 5D – the energy of that team screams out.

The energy, enjoyment and fun is obvious, you can tell that the Leeds players are playing with those just now.

It’s been a great start to the season and people say they might run out of steam, but who cares? If you’re 15-points ahead by April, you can afford to run out of it.

Bielsa is at ease with himself

I like Marcelo Bielsa’s approach. He clearly backs himself and he’s a man completely at ease with himself, which not many managers have got.

Bielsa has clearly had this revolutionary idea of coaching his players and bringing some youth players in. He can improve the squad in January, if he needs, and spend the money then.

But, perhaps his best signing is the bucket he sits on. It’s a great bucket – he reminds me of Oor Wullie, a cartoon character in Scotland. I love that!

We don’t see Bielsa’s coaching – and remember they started last year very well, too, with a high tempo, but he’s obviously a coach who tries things and I like that about him.

I always say to young coaches: try something and see if it works. If not, bin it, start again and blame the players.

Douglas is a great signing

Barry Douglas is the only one they’ve bought who’s started, really, which is a great signing.

He was a bit unfortunate, when he was in Poland and I was in Scotland manager, because I had four or five great left backs at the time.

I could’ve made a team out of left backs!

He was fantastic at Wolves and he’ll be great at Leeds. He’s an intelligent signing.

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