Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has praised West Ham boss David Moyes ahead of their Premier League clash.

As reported by Leeds Live, the Argentine noted his club’s upcoming opponents have huge potential in all areas of the pitch.

Leeds welcome West Ham to Elland Road on Friday night, having won just once in their past five matches. Such form has seen the Yorkshire side slip to 14th in the table.

The Hammers, meanwhile, have made a bright start to the new campaign. They sit eighth in the table, just four points outside the Champions League places.

Moyes has created ‘offensive potential’

“West Ham has what most Premier League sides have – two players in each attacking position of the same or similar quality,” said Bielsa.

“They loaned out Felipe Anderson and this gives you the idea they have good offensive potential. 

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“(West Ham) have a structure of seven defensive players who are also very solid. They are clear on defending, attacking and how they need to play. These are all aspects in which you can praise the coach.”

Bielsa: ‘Teams you face are never alike’

Leeds enjoyed a fantastic start to life back in the top flight, picking up points against Fulham, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Aston Villa.

But victories have been harder to come by in recent weeks – a situation Bielsa says is difficult to analyse.

He said: “This question about the analysis of the season. I stop myself from answering it because how you are in that moment conditions the response.

“The transit through the Premier League is something on a continued basis because the characteristics of the teams means the teams you face are never alike.”

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