Leeds United need to tie down manager Marcelo Bielsa so that they can make progress on transfers, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Leeds enjoyed an exceptional return to the Premier League in 2020/21, finishing ninth in the table on 59 points. That was the highest-ever tally for a side promoted as Championship winners, surpassing the previous record of 57 set by Wolves in 2018/19.
However, Bielsa only agreed a one-year deal ahead of the season and is still yet to sign a new contract, so theoretically, this delay may be placing transfers on hold.
According to Football Insider, the Whites are hopeful of signing left-back Romain Perraud from Stade Brest. The 23-year-old could be their first signing of the summer and is viewed as a replacement for Ezgjan Alioski, who is poised to leave Elland Road as a free agent.
Agbonlahor warned that, if the delay over Bielsa’s future drags on, picking out targets would be a waste of time for Leeds.
“They need to know what players they can get in,” he told Football Insider.
“If he’s not signed in the next month it’s wasting time identifying players for transfers. I’m sure he’ll want to get that sorted and Leeds will want to get that sorted as soon as possible so they can start planning for next season.”
If Bielsa has given Leeds verbal assurances of his commitment, then they’re probably cleared to proceed on recruitment anyway.
Although the lingering uncertainty isn’t exactly ideal, the club’s hierarchy surely know by now that having the Argentine in the dugout means accepting his unique way of operating. Despite Agbonlahor’s concern, Leeds fans need not panic, particularly after such a strong 2020/21 season.
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