Already, Leeds United should be thinking about signing a ball-playing centre-back to complete Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
On the opening day, Leeds got off to a flying start beating relegated Premier League side Stoke City 3-1 at Elland Road. It was a perfect example of how Bielsa wants his team to play. Attacking intent, pressing Stoke, and a calmness on the ball which hasn’t been seen at Elland Road in a long time.
With his meticulous approach, no doubt El Loco already has his eyes on some new recruits for January. One player he should really consider is Brenford’s Chris Mepham.
Chris Mepham is described as a modern day physical defender who is comfortable on the ball. This makes him a perfect player for the Argentine. Bielsa loves players who are physical, strong and energetic but also wants his team to be ball-playing and be comfortable on the ball in matches.
The Brentford star is valued at £3.15m by Transfermarkt. At just 20-years-old, there is still plenty of time for the Welshman to improve.
He made 21 appearances in the Championship last season, so knows the level well. He already has two senior caps for Wales. In his Championship appearances, he showed why he is so highly rated. The calmness on the ball at the back is such a prized asset in modern football. He will also dominate in the air, and rarely gets drawn into making a last ditch tackle due to his excellent positioning.
Mepham would be an excellent option, particularly of Liam Cooper or Gaetano Berardi got injured. Bielsa will need a player who can slot straight into the team and play the style of football he insists upon. Splashing out on Mepham would show a real ambition to return to the top level.