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Bielsa rebuild would hit next level if Leeds can lure rock back to Elland Road

Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern will be expecting a few more faces to be brought into the club this summer.

Marco Bielsa is eager to bring in a few changes to his squad and it’s expected that a new striker will be at the top of that list.

The Whites struggled to score goals last season and as a result are looking to add Matej Vydra. According to the Sun (h/t HITC), however, both Leeds and West Brom are interested in signing Kyle Bartley.

The Breakdown

The former Arsenal defender spent a year on loan at Leeds for the 2016/17 season and became a fan favourite at the club.

On his return to Leeds, Bartley did sign a new four-year deal due to his strong loan spell but then picked up a serious knee injury in an EFL Cup match against MK Dons. If that wasn’t bad enough, after returning from surgery in January, Bartley injured his knee yet again only three months later which ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

The tall defender has been a player Leeds fans have wanted back at their club since he made that successful loan spell. The defender is valued at around £3.15 million by Transfermarkt, which may seem slightly steep for a player coming off such a poor run of injuries but Bartley’s performances for Leeds should show Bielsa his quality.

The Swansea man would be a great partner to Pontus Jansson in the middle of defence – an area the new boss needs to strengthen.

Would you be happy with him Leeds fans? 

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