Marcelo Bielsa has brought in several players so far this transfer window, Leeds United fans will be keen to see how the Whites line up on the opening day against Stoke City.
Bielsa has brought in the permanent transfers of Barry Douglas from Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Patrick Bamford from Middlesbrough. Both are very comfortable Championship players, who will serve a purpose for Bielsa in the second tier. Whilst Bamford has proven he can’t make the step up to Premier League football, his record in the Championship will be pleasing for Whites fans.
He has also made the important loan addition of Jamal Blackman, solving the issue between the sticks at Elland Road, and Lewis Baker on a loan from Chelsea. Baker is very much built in the Bielsa mode, as he will add great energy in the middle of the park.
Whether the unique approach the Argentine manager takes to tactics will pay off is still an unknown, but to give Leeds the best chance of success Bielsa may need a couple more signings. Leeds United have a tough start to their Championship campaign, starting off against relegated Stoke City.
With that in mind, here is Leeds’ dream August…
This will be no mean feat for Leeds United.
They start off life at home to Stoke City, who were relegated but still strengthened in the main. They have lost Xherdan Shaqiri, but held on to plenty of Premier League quality in their squad, with the likes of Joe Allen remaining at the club. A win in the first game could set Leeds well on the way to a dream August.
They then travel to Derby to face Frank Lampard’s Rams, before an all-Yorkshire clash with Rotherham United. If Bielsa comes out of these fixtures with nine points, Whites fans might truly start dreaming.
Creative midfielder signs:
For Bielsa’s system, a creative attacking midfielder signing will be crucial. The Whites have recently lost the supremely talented Ronaldo Viera just yet, so instead should sign a ready-made starter for Bielsa’s enganche role.
If the Argentine manager can bring in a creative attacking midfielder with a great eye for through-balls to play in the likes of Bamford and Kemar Roofe before the season kicks off, the Whites will be looking in a very strong position squad-wise.
If Leeds are going to enjoy life under Bielsa, they certainly need someone to operate well behind a striker.