The ink has dried on the contract of Marcelo Bielsa and, permits willing, the Argentinian managerial god is due in Leeds on 23rd June. Leeds United fans can now sigh in relief.
It has been a two-week struggle to land the big fish that Bielsa is – and make no mistake about it he is a big fish indeed. This is a manager/coach who is held in high regard by modern coaches around the world. Indeed, he’s been name checked by two Premier League managers in Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino as being one of modern football’s leading lights.
Indeed, before he has even touched down in England, the respected Argentinian is being linked to players that he wants to bring to Elland Road. The following tweet names one of them:
Juan Foyth aparece en el radar de Loco Bielsa para reforzar a Leeds a través de un préstamo desde Tottenham. pic.twitter.com/aqMMEuv9Jw
— VarskySports (@VarskySports) June 14, 2018
The tweet reads that “Julian Foyth appears on Loco Bielsa’s radar in order to reinforce Leeds through a loan deal Tottenham.”
20-year-old centre-back Foyth arrived at White Hart Lane at the end of August last year from Argentinian side Estudiantes for a fee said to be £11.7 million. The youngster came through the ranks at the club, breaking in to the first team squad for the Argentine side at the turn of 2017.
Last season at Spurs he got his first blooding in English football with five FA Cup appearances, two EFL cup appearances and a 90-minute run-out in the 3-0 Champions League win over APOEL Nicosia. He also made eight appearances for Estudiantes before his big-money move to North London.
With Bielsa’s signature, Leeds United fans are hoping that many players will be brought in to fit his famed/preferred 3-3-1-3 formation – it appears the first one linked is Tottenham youngster Foyth.