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Leeds United lost to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend and, while it was yet another poor result, perhaps the most notable thing on Sunday from a Leeds perspective came after the game.

Remarkably, Kalvin Phillips openly questioned Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics while speaking to Sky Sports.

Phillips was seemingly baffled at Bielsa’s decision to play him in defence, and he didn’t hold back in his post-match interview.

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“To be honest, I don’t know why he did it,” he told Sky Sports. “Obviously, we wanted to be a little bit more defensive because we knew the attacking threat of both Harry (Kane) and Son (Heung-min).

“So we had Diego on Son, and me and Coops (Liam Cooper) trying to man-mark whenever (Kane) was trying to float around on either side. I think it worked well in the first-half, even parts of the second-half.”

Robbie Keane noted Phillips wasn’t happy and the former Leeds and Tottenham striker made his opinion on the matter clear.

“I felt like, from Kalvin’s interview there, he wanted to say a little bit more than what he did. I don’t think he will probably be too happy with where he was playing,” Keane said.

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Phillips was questioning Bielsa after the Spurs game and, in our view, he’s not the only player who should be querying the Argentine’s tactics.

Indeed, while he performed well against Spurs, Pascal Struijk was also played out of position against Tottenham, being utilised at left-back.

Leeds have had problems at left-back as of late. Junior Firpo is only just getting back to full fitness, while Leif Davis is out on loan. However, despite his solid performance it’s baffling to think Bielsa saw Struijk as the answer at the weekend.

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There was a much simpler solution available to Bielsa that would also have allowed Phillips to play in a role he’s more familiar with.

Cody Drameh was on the bench and, while he’s inexperienced, you have to feel playing him at right-back would have been the correct move.

Bringing Drameh into the fold would have allowed Bielsa to reshuffle numerous positions to get everyone playing in their favoured roles. Stuart Dallas could have moved to left-back, Struijk could then have replaced Phillips in defence, while the Yorkshire Pirlo could have taken Adam Forshaw’s place in midfield.

Playing Phillips at centre-half was a baffling call, but it wasn’t the only strange decision Bielsa made.

Phillips questioned Bielsa after the game, but, in our view, Struijk may also want to query why he was put at left-back.

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