After a prolonged chase, finalised a week ago, Leeds United fans will see managerial guru Marcelo Bielsa land in England – the Argentine scheduled for his first presser on Monday.
He will inherit a Leeds United squad who early-season form what shot to pieces, their belly ripped out from under them. It was a Leeds United side who started brightly, topped the Championship and then fell away dramatically and drifted towards mid-table mediocrity.
Bielsa’s famed high-pressing, fluid style of football is what many purists see as not only an exciting brand to be played, but a welcome break from the oft-used direct football style employed by many sides in the past.
To say that Leeds United fans’ mouths are salivating at the prospect of Bielsa’s arrival is an understatement. There is much anticipation ahead of his arrival and, in truth, Leeds United fans can’t wait to see just what sort of side the mercurial South American will put together.
Journalist Alan Nixon, who writes for The Sun, has said that it will be a triple-treat weekend for expectant Whites fans. Writing on Twitter, Nixon posted the following:
The quoted retweet to a question by a Leeds United fan asking about the closeness of Leeds United signings is enough to set pulses racing in West Yorkshire. Already excited Leeds fans could easily see their heartbeat ramp up some with news such as this.
It has been widely reported that Leeds United are in the hunt for soon-to-be free agent striker Abel Hernandez who turned down a new offer at current club Hull City. Interest has also been stated in Derby County’s Czech hotshot Matej Vydra who scored 21 times last season for the Rams.
Manchester City wonderkid Phil Foden is another said ‘linked’ with a move to Elland Road on a loan deal, although this was more of a fanciful link than anything of substance. That is a ‘link’ to nothing with Manchester City saying that Foden will not be leaving the Etihad this upcoming campaign.
So, what does remain to be seen is just who this couple of players are that Nixon says are arriving on the crest of a wave driven by Marcelo Bielsa taking up his seat at Elland Road.