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Premier League have a new box office side in Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United

Premier League have a new box office side in Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United

Marcelo Bielsa has always had box office potential. El Loco is one of the most influential managers of all time, and is mostly known for the brand of football that his teams play on the field as well as his off-the-field antics (read Spygate).

And when the maverick was successful in bringing his latest project at Leeds United back up into the top tier of English football, it was only a matter of time before he took the Premier League by storm.

Newly promoted Leeds might not be the unit with the most consistent overall performances but they are a treat to watch.

Leeds United are one of the most entertaining teams to watch as a neutral in the Premier League, and that notion is bolstered by a recent stat floating on Twitter.

In a table showing six games with the most shots recorded so far this season, Leeds United were involved in four of them: including the match with the highest number of shots taken in the Premier League so far, against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

BBC (MOTD) graphic via

The statistic suggests that Leeds are not afraid of taking their chances in front of goal, but also that their rear guard is not particularly tight and can be penetrated more often than not.

Leeds were often caught lacking at the back, especially before the international break, but their intensity and efficiency in attack led by Patrick Bamford ensured they didn’t drop too many points.

The free flowing footballing identity of Leeds United comes with its pros and cons, and while it may not reflect too well on the all-important points tally when all is said and done: Leeds are still punching quite above their weight this season, going head to head against some of the big hitters of English football.

They might be inconsistent and erratic, but Marcelo Bielsa has made sure that his Leeds United team have a lot of box office potential, and they have put it to great use so far: being the team to watch out for if you are a neutral.