The hype which arrived in tandem with Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United earlier in the summer has been thoroughly justified by the Whites’ success on the field of play so far this season.
Not only are Leeds sitting pretty at the top of the Championship and unbeaten after 5 fixtures, they are playing with an expansive style of football which has the vast majority of the supporters salivating on a weekly basis.
Bielsa has largely been accredited as the mastermind behind the growing revolution at Elland Road and his popularity appears to be soaring with every passing fixture.
However, the gruelling 46-fixture Championship campaign is one which is notoriously difficult to predict as clubs regularly fall off the boil following a promising opening to the season.
With that in mind, Bielsa simply has to guard against complacency and avoid underestimating opponents throughout the season, but he also must make at least one more signing before the loan window slams shut tomorrow.
If there’s one thing the season has taught Leeds United supporters thus far then it’s this: Bielsa simply has to bring in another central defender before the window closes to ensure his squad is well stocked for the season ahead.
Leeds’ 2-2 draw at Swansea last week served to reinforce that notion but the signing of a new defender continues to elude the club.
Time is running out for Leeds to make a decisive step into the market, and if they do indeed decide to strike a loan deal they should submit an audacious offer to Leicester City for Filip Benkovic.
The Croatian defender recently arrived at the King Power Stadium from Dinamo Zagreb in a deal worth £13 million, but strong competition for first-team places could limit his involvement this season.
Therefore a loan switch to Elland Road could provide him with the experience the 21-year-old needs in English football before he makes the step up to the Premier League.
Benkovic is physically commanding and a strong aerial presence at 6ft 4in but it would be an insult to his technical ability to label him as a destroyer.
Indeed, he possesses a fantastic level of quality in possession of the ball and his composure when distributing the from the back makes him an ideal candidate to slot into Bielsa’s free-flowing system.
The Leeds supporters have been delighted by the impact Bielsa has had since taking charge but their appreciation would step up another level if he is able to strike a deal for Benkovic before the deadline.
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