Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern are over the moon now that the club have announced the identity of their new manager.
Marcelo Bielsa was officially unveiled as the club’s new boss last week, signing a two-year contract with the option of a third. The 62-year-old arrives with a controversial reputation but the appointment will send a strong message of intent to their Championship rivals. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has heralded the Argentine as his tactical inspiration and labelled him “the best manager in the world” in 2012.
Bielsa’s signature formation is an unconventional 3-3-3-1 formation which he frequently used during his spells in charge of Argentina and Chile. He has also used a 4-3-3 formation to great effect, guiding Athletic Bilbao to the final of the Europa League in 2012. Spurs striker, Fernando Llorente, was a hugely influential player during his spell at Bilbao.
Leeds need a striker who is capable of firing them back into the Premier League. The answer to their problems could be AZ Alkmaar forward Wout Weghorst. Valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt, the Dutchman enjoyed a stellar season last time round as he netted 27 goals in 37 appearances, as well as providing 8 assists for his team-mates.
Weghorst would fit perfectly into Bielsa’s 4-3-3 system. Standing an enormous 6ft 6in tall, he would be a nightmare to handle for Championship defenders, and the fact he scored six headers last season serves to emphasise that point.
Since moving to the Netherlands, the 25-year-old has netted double figures in three out of four seasons, so there’s no doubt Leeds would be welcoming a clinical striker to the club.
Fitting a similar mould to Llorente, Weghorst is the man to fire Leeds back into England’s top division.
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