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Marcelo Bielsa should monitor Patrick Roberts’ development following reported loan switch

Marcelo Bielsa should monitor Patrick Roberts’ development following reported loan switch

Marcelo Bielsa has got his Leeds United regime off to a flying start with two excellent victories over Stoke City and Derby County, and the early signs suggest that he could be the man to take Leeds close to promotion this season. 

Naturally, it’s far too early to draw any conclusions regarding Leeds’ chances of earning promotion this season, but there is certainly evidence to suggest they will be in the mix for a place in the Premier League when the season reaches its final stages.

The addition of new talent in the final weeks of the loan window will certainly add further legitimacy to that notion, providing that Bielsa focuses on quality and not quality.

However, a recent report from Goal claims that Leeds could be set to miss an ideal opportunity to sign Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts this summer as the Fulham trainee is set to move to La Liga outfit Girona on a season-long loan.

The report claims that Roberts is ready for the challenge of moving to La Liga despite the fact he rejected the opportunity to join Nice last summer in favour of a move to Scotland.

After impressing at Celtic it will be interesting to see how Roberts copes with the step up in class to top-flight Spanish football.

The level of technical ability which Roberts has demonstrated during his career thus far suggests he is well-suited to the style and demands of La Liga, so it’s likely he will be able to take a significant step forward in his development throughout the season.

Although it would appear too late for Bielsa to make a loan bid for Roberts’ services, the Argentine manager should keep an eye on his progress as he will almost certainly be available for a permanent transfer next summer.

Pablo Maffeo’s transfer to VFB Stuggart on the back of his two-year stint at Girona served to prove that Man City are using their sister club as a place to showcase their young talent before selling them on.

It’s unlikely that Roberts will be an exception to the rule barring an incredible season in La Liga, so Bielsa would be wise to monitor his progress as Leeds could have an ideal opportunity to sign him permanently if they clinch promotion this season.

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