Marcelo Bielsa could still look to trim his Leeds United squad further this summer, according to Andy Couzens.
The former Whites midfielder has revealed to Football League World in an exclusive interview that he believes the Argentine boss is not quite happy with the numbers he currently has in his team and could look to offload anybody that does not have the same goal as the rest of the team – ultimately to win promotion to the Premier League.
“I think the manager wants a trimmer squad, he wants all good eggs. I mean that in a nice way, a squad where nobody’s coming in and bad-mouthing people off or whatever it may be. You need everybody together,” Couzens said.
“He wants a smaller squad of maybe 25/26 players where they’re all thinking exactly the same thing and that is promotion.
“If you have got two or three people who aren’t involved then there is a little bit of a negative that comes from that.
“I can quite clearly see that if people haven’t been moved on already then they would be moved on or maybe even the club will offer to look at cancelling their contracts so they can go somewhere else.
“As a player, if you’re not involved you want to be moved on and you want to be playing football.”
Couzens may have a point in the idea of having everyone in the team working towards the same goal and there are clearly a number of players that could still be offloaded to help Bielsa achieve his potential target of wanting to trim the squad down.
Although some of the men Leeds Live have pointed out have subsequently moved on (Yosuke Ideguchi, Samu Saiz, Caleb Ekuban and Tyler Denton have all left), the likes of Vurnon Anita and Conor Shaughnessy still remain at Elland Road (Transfermarkt).
Those individuals may want to win promotion to the Premier League as well but none of them featured for Bielsa’s squad last season and it would be difficult to see them involved this term either, which could have a negative effect as they would want to be playing.
However, with the injuries that Leeds appear to be susceptible to – a report by The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed just how many issues they had to deal with last season – reducing the squad further could be detrimental.
Leeds, arguably, lack depth in certain areas of the squad and if they were to continue to offload more players without the ability to replace them, it could have a damaging effect on their chances of winning promotion.
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