The new era at Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa is expected to help the club challenge for promotion next season, but the Argentine manager might need to use his contacts in the game to add quality to his ranks this summer.
Bielsa is notoriously known for the influence he has had on some of the world’s most prestigious football managers: World Cup semi-finalist Roberto Martinez, multi title-winning Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino are all notable students of Leeds’ new manager.
The latter is on the cusp of achieving something special at Tottenham Hotspur, but for all the positive influence he has managed to exert on rising young players such as Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Dele Alli, it seems he is struggling with Marcus Edwards.
The 19-year-old winger was once described as a ‘mini Messi’ by Pochettino due to his low-centre of gravity and direct style of dribbling, but it’s a statement the Tottenham boss later admitted to regretting.
Although he has displayed enormous talent at youth level, Edwards is known to have huge problems with both respecting authoritative figures and with his punctuality, and those factors contributed to his dreadful loan spell at Norwich last season.
He is a talent who will certainly need careful nurturing in the coming years in order to help him realise the full extent of his potential, and under a manager of Bielsa’s experience he might be well-placed to turn a corner in his development.
It’s worth bearing in mind that the close-relationship between Bielsa and Pochettino would allow Tottenham to keep a close eye on Edwards’ development if he eventually made a switch to Elland Road.
Whether Biesla will be willing to take a risk on Edwards remains to be seen, but based on his dazzling performances at youth level he’s well worth taking a punt on this summer.
A loan deal would allow Leeds to inject flair into their squad at no extra cost, give Edwards a shot at redemption and also allow Tottenham to keep a close eye on his progress, so Bielsa should get in contact with one of his most successful students this summer and propose a loan deal for the teenage wonderkid.
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