Bielsa can be commended for arriving in the Premier League and attacking from the off – but you can’t praise a 6-2 defeat

The obsession with continually praising Marcelo Bielsa and his style of play has been an interesting topic of conversation in recent weeks.

There is no doubting the man has talent. If two of the world’s best coaches see you as an icon, then you’re a top coach.

He’s arrived in the Premier League with Leeds United after 16 years away and he’s come to do one thing, attack.

Fair play for that bold approach when your side starting life back in the division.

It is something we’d all like to see work, and something that has worked in certain games for Leeds this season.

But equally it has cost them a lot of goals with six of them coming at Old Trafford on Sunday.

But still, a selection of commentators and broadcasters are continuing to pump out a string of superlatives to describe Bielsa’s style of play.

In Gary Neville’s case, you’d think he was trying to earn a place on the Argentinian’s back room team the way he was going on during commentary.

Yes it is refreshing to see, and it is a breath of fresh air.

Many teams come up and sit back, keep it tight and try and survive that way, because its the only way they know and it is sometimes what the players at their disposal are better at.

Maybe in some cases these sides do sit back when maybe they should go and attack a bit, so in that sense Bielsa can be commended for bravery in some respects.

But on the other hand it leaves you opened to a battering ever now and then, and for some clubs they may not recover from thumpings as well, and it may mean curtains for their season.

There was an awful lot of this fanfare around Blackpool’s style of play when they came up under Ian Holloway back in 2010.

They played expansive, on the front foot and won their first game 4-0. As it went they pushed right until the end before they dropped back into the second tier.

But there is a difference in the two scenarios.

Holloway was left with less than 11 first team players ten days before the season, due to the board not being prepared to spend.

He muddled a squad together on loans and free transfers and got within inches of staying up.

He was praised for his approach, but he wasn’t being lauded in the way Leeds were after a 6-2 defeat.

Leeds are different to what Blackpool were. By the standards of a promoted side Bielsa has been able to spend well and invest.

He’s arguably better equipped than some other clubs were who remained in the division last season.

Is some of the over exaggeration down to the fact it is Leeds, a big club who everyone is so excited to have back in the top flight?

Do pundits feel obliged to lay it on thick about the manager, because he is so well admired by the likes of Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino?

I’m not sure.

Bielsa deserves praise. He is well equipped in his personnel but he has been bold and brave, and that has to be admired even if at times it is seasoned with a bit of naivity.

Leeds are enjoyable to watch, but Neville and co need to just calm down a tad.

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