Leeds United have made a blistering start to the Championship season under Marcelo Bielsa.
The Whites kicked off the campaign with a 3-1 victory over relegated Stoke City to hand the Argentine a winning start to life in England. A difficult trip to Frank Lampard’s Derby County was next, but Bielsa’s side were unstoppable. Goals from Matheuz Klich, Kemar Roofe and Ezgjan Alioski secured a dominant 4-1 victory against the Rams.
Leeds look like early title challengers following their exceptional performances under Bielsa. The players have taken to the former Chile boss’ system like a duck to water, and there is still time to strengthen the squad as EFL clubs can sign players on loan until the end of August. To confirm their title ambitions, the Whites should make an ambitious attempt to sign Real Madrid wonderkid – Martin Odegaard.
Valued at £3.6m by Transfermarkt, the teenager was once considered Europe’s hottest prospect after making his international debut at the age of 15. He began training with the first-team at Stromsgodset at the age of 13 and had trained with Bayern, Liverpool and Manchester United before signing for Madrid. His time in Spain has not gone to plan, and he was loaned to Heerenveen last year to find regular first-team football, making 24 appearances in the Eredivisie; scoring twice.
Reports suggest Madrid will loan out the 19-year-old again and want him to play in the Championship. Leeds should try to be first in line for his services.
Odegaard is an excellent dribbler and loves to beat a man. He averaged 2.8 dribbles per game in the Dutch league last season and would add another dimension to the Leeds front line. His eye for a pass would also help Patrick Bamford flourish up top as he averaged 1.9 key passes per game last year (WhoScored).
Madrid will know Bielsa from his time at Athletic Bilbao where he reached the final of the Europa League which could hand Leeds the advantage in the race for his signature.
Leeds fans, thoughts?