Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish decides to be the next person that mocks Leeds United, this time it’s over the pitch at Elland Road.
He took to social media to join Gabby Agbonlahor in poking fun at the West Yorkshire outfit over the state of their playing surface.
It came after Graham Potter’s Brighton came away with a 1-0 Premier League victory with the talkSPORT pundit and former footballer Agbonlahor making posting his jibe.
He shared a stock photo which was of a muddy park pitch, Gabby wrote via his social media account: “Brighton [were] the better team on a tough pitch at Elland Road.
“This is the Premier League guys we need Premier League pitches pls [please]? Better sort that out!”
This is the premier league guys we need premier league pitches pls? better sort that out!
— Gabriel Agbonlahor (@officialga11) January 16, 2021
A few days after that, it caught the attention of current Premier League star Jack Grealish who has now decided to mock the Elland Road pitch too.
After watching the Seagulls’ victory live on Sky Sports, Grealish couldn’t help himself in posting a snap onto his Instagram Story, saying: “Everyone just slips on this pitch.”
The caption, which can be viewed below, also included laughing emojis to highlight how amusing he found the situation.
Meanwhile it was a relaxing weekend if you like for Grealish with there being no football for his side to play in with Villa’s league encounter against Everton called off due to a Covid outbreak at the Midlands club.
Brighton manager Graham Potter refused to be drawn into the criticism of the Leeds pitch but admitted that the going was difficult.
Potter was asked how his side handled the surface, saying: “I wouldn’t say it was that bad, to be fair.
“It was a heavy pitch, they’ve had a bit of weather up here. Thankfully we played at Newport on Sunday and got used to it. My wife’s from Yorkshire, I know what it’s like up here, it rains a lot.”
He did add: “It wasn’t the easiest, very soft pitch, very long grass, heavy, so I can only praise the players in terms of their fitness levels, their physicality, it wasn’t the easiest surface to keep running on,” he added, having waxed lyrical about their defensive performance in restricting Leeds to few chances and no goals.”
Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear says he remains commited to plans in transforming Elland Road into one of Europe’s best stadiums after he recently attending a game at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.
He adds that work will begin this summer, starting with the reconstruction of the pitch, but says the surface would have been relaid in the close season, but because of the pandemic and a short pre-season to get things ready, it made the process impossible.
“The visit to Spurs’ spectacular new stadium reinforced the infrastructure gap we face between where we are and where we need to be,” he said.
“The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium generates five times the revenue of Elland Road each and every matchday and this is a commercial advantage that transfers directly to the pitch.
“We left North London having reinforced our ambition to transform our home to be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with the best stadia in Europe.
“The process will start in the summer with the key technical element, a full reconstruction of the Elland Road playing surface.
“We had intended to do this last summer, but the process takes 14 weeks and so simply couldn’t be executed in a close season so dramatically shortened by the pandemic.
“The current Elland Road surface received justifiable criticism last year as the ancient drainage system was unable to deal with the torrential rain we experienced across December.”
He also stated that none of the criticism of the pitch should be directed at the club’s grounds staff as they have done everything possible to get it in good nick.
Some would say that Whites manager Marcelo Bielsa is under pressure having suffered three successive defeats, including a surprising 3-0 defeat at League Two outfit Crawley Town in the FA Cup Third Round.
After that, Agbonlahor, who is known for riling up the Leeds fanbase this season, reckon that Marcelo Bielsa’s ‘tired’ side have been getting found out.
He told talkSPORT: “I said this earlier on in the season. I said that teams would find them out and that is exactly what is happening now.
“Brighton went there with a game plan, ‘let’s be aggressive, let’s work as hard as them, and we’ve probably got better players and we’ll get a result’ and that’s what they did.
“Other teams will start to do that against Leeds now and today Leeds looked flat, they looked tired.
“I’ve never seen [Patrick] Bamford and [Jack] Harrison so quiet in the game. They looked like they had no energy.
“I think maybe Leeds need to try and rotate their team more, get more players that are on the fringes and give them some more game time because you can’t keep playing the same players over and over again with how hard Leeds work during games. You can’t do that.
“Maybe these pundits who weren’t jumping on the bandwagon are right. Leeds have had their time, maybe they’re coming down the hill now.
“They have gone up the hill and now they are coming down the hill where teams are going to find them out more and they will keep losing games now from here.”
There was plenty of reaction as Gabby Agbonlahor and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish mocks Leeds United…
@ian_breeze: Is there not enough grass for him to dive on then
@andywellie: He ‘slips’ on every PL pitch!!
@Nichola52109300: Least players are slipping not DIVING !
@ReeceHayes92: Well he would of been a shit player back in the day then
@markbrighton2: He should stick to drink diving
@gavinbooth77: We all like a bit of retro don’t we. Why should a football field be any different.
@Jinja_Owl: Not soft enough to throw himself at?
@JEM040986: Hope you watched that at your own gaff jack and not your mates. I know you got a habit of breaking lockdown rules and all that hey
@GaryYou35735926: He loves lying on the pitch so he’s particularly fussy
@RJM_83: Should be perfect terrain for him then. He’s never on his feet
@benji_coops: Absolutely Leeds obsessed
@PhilTouil22: Nice to see him at home for once following the rules @lannen17
@Reggie48Raymond: That twat will slip on any pitch in the Premier league
@carswell_andrew: Grow a pair of bollocks. If your as good as they say you are , you should be able play on any surface. YOU ALWAYS FALL OVER ANYWAY
@SherriffAlex: Grealish and Agbonlahor = GobbyFallOnTheFloor. #lufc
@LeeWood_666: Aston Villa fans have to be the biggest set of cringey bastards I’ve ever seen, even our pitch has them triggered
@JackDufffy: He slips on every pitch does our JG10
@karlgs1200: Aww come on Jack you don’t need a little divot of turf for you to hit the sod, I’ve seen you do it with no one near you. The shame is you will be remembered as a diver not a skilled performer with the ball. Because when someone mentions your name I see you rolling on the grass.
@BigTastySteve: Hopefully when this twat rocks up with Villa , his persistent rolling about the pitch should flatten out all the digits