Marcelo Bielsa’s ‘fearless’ football could be both a blessing and a curse for Bournemouth, says Tony Cascarino, as ex-Leeds boss made Cherries’ target

    Bournemouth have been warned Marcelo Bielsa’s style of football will see them ‘beat anybody’ but also ‘be beaten by everybody’.

    The Cherries have made the Argentine their sole target as they look for a permanent replacement for Scott Parker, talkSPORT understands.

    Bielsa could be making a shock return to the Premier League

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    Bielsa could be making a shock return to the Premier League

    Bournemouth were taken over by American businessman Bill Foley in October and are now in the final stages of making their first managerial decision.

    But according to talkSPORT host Tony Cascarino, the Premier League side need to be wary that ‘Bielsa Ball’ can be both a blessing and a curse – as seen from his time at Leeds.

    “He plays fearless football,” the former Chelsea star said on Saturday’s Weekend Breakfast.

    “Sometimes you can come away thinking ‘did I just witness that?’ [when he was at] Leeds and the way they played.

    “They can be beaten by anybody and they can beat anybody. When it’s good it’s great, it’s much more than that, it’s terrific.

    “But it can be bad and suddenly everyone’s going ‘you can’t play football like that’. He’s got people defending, everybody getting forward and chasing everywhere all over the pitch.

    O’Neil is still under consideration – but Bielsa is believed to be keen on taking the job

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    O’Neil is still under consideration – but Bielsa is believed to be keen on taking the job

    “That’s surely wrong, so I get that as well. You need some sort of pragmatic style to that adventurous play.”

    Bielsa’s man-marking system – which emphasises on defending with the same energy and intensity that players press with – led Leeds to promotion back to the Premier League in 2020 after a 16 year hiatus.

    It also saw Leeds finish ninth in their first season back in the top flight.

    But the wheels came off for Bielsa last campaign, and he was sacked in February after a streak of four consecutive losses in which Leeds conceded 17 goals, leaving them two points off the relegation zone.

    The Cherries currently sit 17th in the league, one point off third-from-bottom Southampton.

    Bournemouth go into Saturday’s game against Everton – who they thumped 4-1 in the EFL Cup on Tuesday – off the back of four losses in a row.

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