Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes it would be an ‘absolute disaster’ if Marcelo Bielsa took over at Tottenham this summer.
The Lowdown: Priceless figure at Leeds
The Whites are in the middle of a special period in their history, having finally returned to the Premier League this season.
Bielsa has been the undoubted key reason for Leeds’ success, transforming the club’s fortunes and playing an exciting brand of high-energy attacking football.
Worryingly, the Argentine is yet to commit his future to the club for another year, with his current deal expiring at the end of June.
The Latest: Robinson bemoans Bielsa rumour
Tottenham have been linked with acquiring Bielsa’s services and bringing him as their new manager, following Jose Mourinho’s departure earlier in the year.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson admitted it was exciting from a Spurs perspective, but disastrous for anyone of a Leeds persuasion:
“From a Spurs point of view, I would love to see Bielsa there.
“When you compare the Spurs and Leeds squad there is not much comparison, and that is no disrespect to the Leeds squad. Tottenham’s squad is made up of top international players.
“Look at what Bielsa got from that group of Leeds players in the Championship, it makes you wonder what he could get from those Spurs players. It could be unbelievable.
“From a Leeds point of view though it would be an absolute disaster. It really would.
“He would be a very shrewd appointment but I don’t think they’ve got any chance of luring him away.”
The Verdict: Too loyal to leave
The thought of Bielsa suddenly leaving Leeds is a horrendous one, considering he has been the catalyst for such a memorable few years at Elland Road.
Losing him now, at a point when the Whites are primed for a possible European push next season, would be extremely hard to come back from, such is his level of influence.
Bielsa is a fiercely loyal, principled character, however, so it would be a big surprise if he didn’t extend his stay and moved to north London instead.
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