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David Prutton claims Marcelo Bielsa has surpassed expectations & elevated Leeds United

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is greeted by fans as he arrives at the stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Norwich City at Elland Road on February...

Leeds United take on Swansea City on Wednesday night as they aim to maintain their lead in the automatic places.


Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has claimed that under Marcelo Bielsa Leeds have 'surpassed' expectations and he has 'elevated' a group of players that looked 'fair to middle' over recent seasons.

The highly-experienced Bielsa walked through the doors of Elland Road in the summer after an average mid-table finish from the Yorkshire club last term. 

But Bielsa's energetic, high-pressing and attacking style of play has resulted in Leeds currently sitting in the automatic places in the second tier of English football. 


Former Nottingham Forest midfielder Prutton admitted that the Whites have to play under 'great expectation' because of their 'extremely sizeable' fanbase as he also commented on the quality of players Bielsa has had to work with. 

"Leeds always operate under great expectation due to the fanbase, which I can testify to being both passionate and extremely sizeable," Prutton told Sky Sports. "Under Bielsa, they've lived up to expectations so far, probably even surpassed them.

"He's a manager who has managed to elevate a group of players that looked to be fair to middle over the course of the last two of three seasons."

Leeds United players react to going 2-0 down during the Sky Bet Championship between Leeds United and Norwich City at Elland Road on February 2, 2019 in Leeds, England.

There have been a number of players who have stood out for Leeds during this promotion push, with academy youngster Jack Clarke showcasing his talent and the now-experienced Kemar Roofe proving his worth up front. 

Roofe, 26, moved to Elland Road during the summer of 2016 and he scored 15 goals in his first two seasons at the club, mainly under the stewardship of Garry Monk, Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom. 

However, during this campaign, the versatile attacker, who has mainly deployed a forward role under Bielsa, has found the back of the net on 14 occasions from his 25 matches, according to transfermarkt.

There are 15 games to go in the season and it is highly likely that Roofe will hit the 20 goal mark for his club, but his form up front could prove to be the difference as to whether they get promoted to the Premier League or not. 

Kemar Roofe of Leeds United appeals for a penalty during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Norwich City at Elland Road on February 02, 2019 in Leeds, England.

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