The fight is well and truly on! Currently sitting third, Leeds’ fans are going to be chanting until the very end of the Sky Bet Championship season. As every fan reading this will know, the Whites literally never make things easy, but it’s hard to imagine they’ll fall away just because of the loss to Sheffield United. Indeed, Marcelo Bielsa will look to use every trick up his sleeve to get his side back to the promise land of English football.
One point off automatic promotion, five off top spot, Bielsa won’t be worried just yet and he will feel his side have plenty of time to climb back up to the summit of the Championship. In fact, while the title would be nice, automatic promotion is surely the only real aim and it’s a realistic one at that.
All being well, and should the 63-year-old manage to lift the club back into the Premier League, he will obviously have to look towards a few changes that need to be made in order to turn them into a solid Premier League side, like they were before.
Here are a couple of things Bielsa should ask for in order to keep the progress going:
Only contracted until 2020, Bielsa will hope that achieving the dream of getting back into the Premier League will earn himself the right of a new extension. Fans too, with the enigmatic Argentine linked with a move to Everton by the Mirror already this season.
So, looking at the development of the team under the Argentine, it is hard to see why the board would say no, however, we have seen it on many occasion where a manager has done a phenomenal job and then faced the axe. The former Chile coach is certainly an enigma, so getting things locked in would be helpful.
Bring in a reliable goal scorer
Is Patrick Bamford really Premier League quality? Well, considering his previous form in the top tier, it doesn’ t look that way.
Many will say that Leeds’ front line has enough players already, however it can be argued that not all of them are up to the standard of Premier League striker. Week in, week out, we see strikers struggling to fit into the highest level of English football, and if Leeds are to find themselves at the pinnacle, Bielsa will be looking to the market to sign a proven Premier League goal scorer.
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