Andre Radrizzani has come out with something we would expect more from Massimo Cellino rather than himself. The Italian owner was on talksport today and didn’t hold back with his criticism of the players. As well as questioning their passion, commitment and spirit he has said he’ll tell them that one on one if it’s needed, an astonishing yet honest interview which makes you wonder how the players will react.
“As a club we support them with everything. We did everything they wanted but we didn’t get back the commitment, the passion and the spirit. I don’t want players in my team with this behaviour. I hope they can learn.”
“I’m happy to meet the players face to face and tell them the same because they need to know the situation and what the club think about the season.”
Andrea Radrizzani hasn’t left any grey areas here at all, and although it’s maybe not best advised to publically slaughter your players in this manner it’s also good to hear that he thinks the same as the fans who have been hurt by the level of the things said above, passion, commitment and spirit because they have it in abundance and they can’t switch off from the terrible season that has unfolded. The players are the main culprits in terms of performance but what this does is deflect where a lot of the blame should also land, and the door of himself and Victor Orta who have set up a recruitment process and not spent enough money to compete with the teams at the higher end of the division, and the ones we have spent alongside, they have spent better.
The summer is a crossroads for Andrea Radrizzani in his early stages at Leeds United. He has taken us backwards on the pitch and nobody can argue with that. He seems to be realising the situation more currently as the team sink like a brick in the swimming pool as the season continues. He has sacked Thomas Christiansen and he needs to take some responsibility for what happened there but at the same time the Spanish head-coach failed to do a few basics which left him well open to the sack, playing players who weren’t performing, not rotating the squad over the festive period and taking off your only striker to replace him with a winger playing at full-back when you are 3-1 down at home. Radrizzani now needs to back Paul Heckingbottom better than he did Christiansen and make sure the players he brings in don’t let us all down in the three basic principles, passion, commitment and spirit.