It has been a roller-coaster of a year to be a Leeds United supporter, hasn’t it?
After witnessing their side slump to a 13th place finish in the Championship last May, expectations amongst the Elland Road faithful for their club’s prospects in the 2018/19 campaign would have been low.
Yet following Andrea Radrizzani’s decision to appoint Marcelo Bielsa as the club’s new boss, the Whites underwent an extraordinary transformation which saw them totally commit to the Argentine’s possession-based style of play.
Despite having never worked in England before, the former Athletic Bilbao coach took no time whatsoever to set the Championship alight by winning four of his first five league fixtures in charge of Leeds.
Following several stunning displays against the likes of Sheffield United, Derby County and Aston Villa, Leeds topped the standings in the second tier at Christmas and looked almost certain to secure promotion to the Premier League.
However, with the pressure ultimately proving too much for Bielsa’s inexperienced squad of players to handle, they experienced a poor second-half of the campaign which resulted in them having to settle for the lottery of the play-offs.
Although Leeds would beat Derby 1-0 in the first leg of their semi-final on May 11th, their dramatic 4-2 defeat at Elland Road saw them eliminated from the competition.
With the Whites now facing the prospect of another season in the Championship, it is imperative that they do everything they can to convince Bielsa to prolong his stay in West Yorkshire.
A managerial maverick, what the 63-year-old has achieved during his time at Leeds has been nothing short of phenomenal as he has taken the club from mid-table mediocrity to the edge of glory without the luxury of being able to make too many changes to his squad.
Since missing out on promotion, Bielsa’s has been locked in talks with Radrizzani and director of football Victor Orta regarding his future yet according to reports in The Telegraph, he is very close to agreeing to an extension to his existing deal at Elland Road.
If the Whites can indeed secure the services for Bielsa for next season, it would arguably be their most important signing of the summer as without the former Lazio boss at the helm, they may struggle to compete in the Championship over the coming years.
What do you think Leeds fans? How important is it that Bielsa stays at the club this summer? Would your side struggle without the Argentine next season? Let us know below.
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