Leeds midfielder Forshaw: The one Bielsa rule the players would reject

Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw admits there was one rule of former manager Marcelo Bielsa the players defied.

Forshaw has revealed Leeds players used to hide cake in the dressing room after the football tradition was banned under Bielsa. As is tradition in dressing rooms up and down the county, players bring in a selection of cakes for their birthday to share with their team-mates.

Speaking to the Football Daily podcast, Forshaw said: “No it’s a football thing and you’re normally judged on it so it becomes a bit of a competition on how big you can go with it. I think standard is like Krispy Kreme’s and stuff like that.

“Some people go way and beyond. You have to bring them in otherwise it’s a fine. It’s all about outdoing your team-mates with it, normally it’s who can bring the best selection in, it just becomes a little bit of a thing.

“When [Marcelo] Bielsa first came in it was banned. It was no cakes. So what the lads would do is they’d put them in the changing rooms and if one of the staff came in you’d just hide them.

“Throw a bit of kit over them or something like that. At first it was like, no Marcelo won’t have the cakes. We used to walk out of the changing rooms and onto the pitch with a load of icing round our mouths.”