Leeds are on the brink of appointing the highest coach in their history and that will probably mean signings are about to follow. As there is no announcement yet we will stick to the policy of it never being done until it’s done.
We already know that the club are in advanced talks with Abel Hernandez, speaking to Derby over a potential move for Matej Vydra and have been linked with Angus Gunn, David Stockdale and Liverpool winger Harry Wilson.
The final players to mention was the number one target this summer but he’s dropped off the radar as Bielsa seems to be taking over the transfer policy, and a new name has appeared, Brentford skipper John Egan. The Irish defender has been at Brentford for a couple of years now and has helped them continue their identity of playing out from the back, similar the Bielsa’s, just not anywhere near the level of the Argentine coach.
Waiting for Bielsa – a piece on the state of play at Leeds United and the appointment which would set the ball rolling this summer:https://t.co/sJt9l1Anwn
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 12, 2018
The club need the appointment of Bielsa before any signings can be made because if it was to fall through last minute those players he’s clearly interested in may not be the ones the plan b coach is interested in. John Egan has only been mentioned in recent days and he’s certainly a player who wouldn’t cost a fortune but is a very good ball-playing Championship defender.
Leeds lack leadership at the back and certainly don’t have the players to play out as it stands. Pontus Jansson is a top quality defender on his day but struggled alongside Matthew Pennington and Liam Cooper last season, neither were performing well, neither are leaders and neither offer you a good option to play out from the back.
If we are to see the back three that Bielsa wants then you would imagine Luke Ayling and Pontus Jansson would be the perfect fit in the middle and the right of the three, that leaves one spot open to the left and Egan may well fit that job role more than Kyle Bartley does. Bartley offers leadership, organisation and presence, all of which Egan probably gives you but he’s not a ballplayer, Egan is.