Leeds United start their Biesla revolution against relegated Stoke City in front of the Sky Sports cameras. But before then there is the not-too-small matter of rebuilding a squad to be done.
Across the whole squad changes need to be made. Put quite simply, last season’s squad proved in their performances that this is not the side to get the Whites promoted to the Premier League, regardless of who is in charge of team affairs.
It was a season of insipid performances from a group of players whose early-season form, form that took them to the top of the league, was ripped out from under them, screwed up and thrown in their faces. Fans demand more from their sides than what Leeds United showed last season, and Whites fans are demanding that new faces are brought in to drive that change.
There has been encouraging news from certain quarters that changes are likely to be made, with new signings being actively pursued. The calibre of names that are linked with Leeds during this summer’s transfer window is high, strikers such as Abel Hernandez and Matej Vydra being actively pursued.
There are some observers who say that players, and indeed clubs, will be drawn by the fact that Marcelo Bielsa is holding the reins at Elland Road. His name and influence alone is seen by many as a powerful enough pull to convince clubs to loan out youngsters to Leeds in order to gain first-team experience.
There was much chatter across social media yesterday that one such player and team combination was to be seen in Manchester City and Phil Foden. City manager Pep Guardiola is a long-time admirer of Bielsa and his methods, the links seem to join up all these loose ends and present them as proof that highly-rated youngster Foden is Elland Road bound.
However, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay, a reputable voice on all matters Leeds United, says that isn’t so with the following tweet:
colleague of mine was in touch with City yesterday – they said no chance. Interesting one though, and a quality player.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 22, 2018
Hay’s tweet that Foden isn’t Leeds bound on loan will put out the bonfires of many burning rumours. Whilst it seems plausible that sides will be willing to loan United rated youngsters, Whites fans can scratch Manchester City and Phil Foden from their wish list.