The newly appointed Baggies boss is mesmerized by the approach of the Whites coach, who deploys his team for an all-out attack.
New West Bromwich coach Sam Allardyce said he had yet to understand why Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is ‘so crazy’ but praised the Argentine for the way he presented his team.
Leeds de Bielsa have gained a reputation as the performers of the Premier League – having conceded the most goals in the division with 30, but scoring 25 of their own.
Speaking after the Baggies scored a point against Liverpool In just his second game in charge, Allardyce has revealed his thoughts on Leeds’ unique style of play, praising Bielsa’s eccentric game plan as being suited to the club he runs.
“I have to understand why he’s so crazy,” Allardyce told reporters as he prepared for West BromClash with Leeds at the Hawthorns on December 29.
“It’s not ‘crazy’, it’s more his intelligence and his unique style, and I think that serves the players and serves the club well.”
Allardyce said he plans to take a close look at Leeds’ 1-0 win over Burnley Sunday – revealing he believed the Clarets had no chance of losing.
The England tactician has revealed that he will focus on exploiting Leeds’ tendency to advance many numbers by hitting them on the counterattack, but also to remain strong in defense themselves.
“It will be an interesting thought from me tomorrow when we see how they play,” Allardyce said.
“We have an idea. I watched them a bit on TV [on Sunday] against Burnley, I thought Burnley was deprived of a goal.
“We have to find a way to find out how we can score against them, which sometimes seems quite easy, but it will never be that easy.
“In the opposite direction, they’re trying to come out and score as many goals as possible, so we have to cancel that.
“When you go to play against Leeds you know we try to keep them from being as adventurous as they are, but also, can we expose the weaknesses and gaps and the spaces they leave when they attack hard. ? “
West Brom currently sits in the relegation zone with eight points in 15 games and is five adrift of Burnley, who is in the last safe position.