Marcelo Bielsa has done a sterling job at aiding the development of Leeds United’s younger players this season, hasn’t he?
The Argentine’s trust in the Whites’ academy graduates has allowed the likes of Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton to flourish in the Championship whilst both Ryan Edmondson and Robbie Gotts are almost certain to follow in the footsteps of this trio next year.
Yet despite the overwhelming amount of homegrown talent breaking through at the club’s Thorp Arch training ground, Bielsa clearly needs to improve his squad in the summer and so it is of little surprise that Leeds have been linked with one of the brightest prospects in League One.
A skillful central-midfielder, the 20-year-old enjoyed a fruitful campaign with the Sky Blues in third tier as he helped his side achieve an eighth-placed finish by scoring three goals and providing three assists in 38 league appearances.
With all the ingredients needed to become a star in the future, it is clear that Bayliss is ready to make the step up in level next season and therefore could benefit from a move to Elland Road.
Already capped at under-19 level by England, the midfielder is the latest in a long-line of Coventry academy graduates and will be hoping to replicate the achievements of James Maddison and Callum Wilson who are now regular starters in the Premier League for Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth. He has all the ingredients to follow in Maddison’s footsteps and he operates in a very similar position to the Englishman, with his passing ability and creativity making him a very exciting talent.
If Leeds are able to secure the signing of Bayliss when the transfer window opens in July, they will have to overcome the likes of Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and Brighton who all keeping tabs on the Sky Blues star.
What do you think Leeds fans? Should Bielsa sign Bayliss in the summer? Or is too much of a risk to bring in a player who has yet to experience Championship-standard football? Let us know below.
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