Marcelo Bielsa’s hunt for new talent goes on with little under two weeks remaining until the loan window closes for business, but with plenty of quality free agents still on the market there is every reason to suggest that he should be turning his attention away from loan signings and towards potential free transfers.
First and foremost, Bielsa needs to focus on the area of his squad which is most in need of strengthening: central defence. Indeed, the Whites are desperately short of strength in depth and will need to add new talent to their ranks before August is over if they wish to build upon their early season momentum.
There are a handful of free agents who are worth considering, but one player in particular should be on Leeds’ radar, namely the former West Ham veteran James Collins.
Collins was released by the Hammers at the end of the 2017/18 campaign following 6 years of excellent service in which he was consistently willing to throw everything on the line for the cause.
214 appearances later Collins now finds himself without a contract and looking for a new challenge, and at 34-years-of-age another spell in the Premier League is probably beyond him.
However, a move to the Championship where his rugged tough-tackling approach would certainly aid Leeds’ cause in their bid for promotion is one which should appeal to him.
With vast Premier League experience and 50 international caps to bring to the table, Collins’ experience on the field of play and influence in the dressing room could provide everybody at the club with a natural leader to take inspiration from.
If Leeds wish to break into the promotion places this season they will need experienced characters throughout the squad and further reinforcements at the back, and in Collins they would be adding a player who would provide both in abundance.
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