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Jonjo Shelvey Claims Marcelo Bielsa Makes Leeds United Do 'Pointless Running'

Ryan Sidle

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Jonjo Shelvey Claims Marcelo Bielsa Makes Leeds United Do 'Pointless Running'

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Jonjo Shelvey has taken a bizarre 'dig' at Leeds United, claiming that Marcelo Bielsa's side do too much 'pointless running' and said he couldn't play for them.

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Most neutrals have enjoyed the arrival of Bielsa's side back in the Premier League this season, for the first time in 16 years since they were relegated.

They haven't always won games but Leeds matches do tend to be full of goals, with last season's Championship winners having been involved in 86 goals this season, the most of any team in England's top tier.

Whilst Bielsa has been praised by most it seems that Shelvey, who plays for a Newcastle United side who have been mainly criticised for their style of play, was less impressed.

"We obviously played Leeds at St James' Park about a month ago now, and that Rodrigo fella was in the middle," the former Liverpool midfielder told the Studs Up podcast.

"He was meant to be playing centre midfield and he was just all over the place.

"I said to him, 'geez can you just stand still for one minute, because you're just running around like a nutcase.'

Shelvey clearly struggled against Bielsa's team. Image: PA Images
Shelvey clearly struggled against Bielsa's team. Image: PA Images

"Some of it was just pointless running as well, and he goes, 'I must do, I must do, my manager says I must do.'"

After talking about Leeds' style of play the 29-year-old claimed he 'couldn't play for Leeds,' and by the sounds of Bielsa would certainly agree.

Rodrigo celebrates scoring vs Newcastle. Image: PA Images
Rodrigo celebrates scoring vs Newcastle. Image: PA Images

Shelvey might not have been impressed with how the visitors last month played but their meeting but it clearly worked out for them.

Leeds won 2-1 on Tyneside with Raphina and Jack Harrison getting the goals, whilst Miguel Almiron got the consolation for Steve Bruce's side.

Rodrigo's incessant movement clearly worked for him during their first meeting this season, as he scored during Leeds' 5-2 win at Elland Road back in December.

Bielsa's side currently sit 10 points above Shelvey and his teammates, in 10th place, with Newcastle currently in a relegation battle in 17th spot.

Topics: Marcelo Bielsa, Football, Premier League, Leeds United, Newcastle United

Ryan Sidle
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