It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for Leeds United looking from the outside in but it did drag a bit for the fans. It wasn’t false hope though and Marcelo Bielsa was secured by the club, and now his target for the strikers role is in progress, Matej Vydra of Derby County.
We already knew that Matej Vydra is at the top of Marcelo Bielsa’s list as revealed by Phil Hay a couple of weeks ago and the news has gone very quiet on Abel Hernandez. Leeds were thought to be in prime position for the Uruguay striker but links from Turkey and that Leeds were now looking towards Vydra mean that doesn’t seem as likely.
Vydra would cost a considerable amount of money, no doubt about that. Derby County need to slash the wage budget and they need to sell some player, there is also little doubt about that after their spending without success in recent years. Frank Lampard has recently taken over the side and will need to sell before he can really make an impact in the transfer window.
Leeds will be looking to bring Derby’s valuation down by playing on the fact they really need to make some money back and the fact that Vydra would most probably want to play under new head-coach Marcelo Bielsa. Players have the power in today’s game and if there is a hint that Vydra wants out it makes Leeds’ position that bit stronger.
Leeds are on the brink of letting Marcus Antonsson leave for Brescia and Massimo Cellino in Italy and that would get one striker off the books. Felix Wiedwald has also left the club and the chances are a fair few more will follow in the coming days and weeks as Bielsa arrives in West Yorkshire. The Argentine is expected on Saturday.