Opinion: Bielsa’s first potential transfer coup would help fire Leeds to promotion

The Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to any potential loan deals that come their way this season after Marcelo Bielsa’s appointment at Elland Road.

Bielsa has formally managed clubs such as Athletic Bilbao, Marseille and Lille as well as Argentina and Chile at international level. He is well respected across the game and is likely to use his relationships with top managers to secure some loan deals for his Leeds squad.

Respected Leeds blogger Simon O’Rourke recently revealed that Prem wonderkids Juan Foyth from Spurs and Phil Foden from Man City are available for Bielsa to sign should he want them.

18-year-old midfielder Foden especially would be an exciting signing for the Whites and has the natural talent to get fans off their seats. The England U19 international broke into Pep’s first team squad last season, making five appearances in the Premier League and three in the Champions League.

Spurs signed 20-year-old centre back Juan Foyth from Argentinian outfit Estudiantes last summer for £11.7M. A ball playing centre-back, he could be the ideal fit for Bielsa’s favoured 3-3-1-3 formation.

If Leeds do bring in both these youngsters then the fans will have every right to be optimistic about their chances next season.

Securing both players on loan deals will also save funds for other deals that the Argentinian may try to secure, such as the signing of last season’s Championship top-scorer Matej Vydra from Derby.

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