Marcelo Bielsa arrived in Leeds today, so we’re told anyway. He is definitely starting pre-season training on Monday as well as meeting the press and to be honest after all the talking I think all Leeds fans can’t wait to get going and see the players back in after the break.

The Argentine is set to bring in some players in the coming weeks with more than a couple at the stage whether it either needs to happen or not. Abel Hernandez, Matej Vydra, Kyle Bartley, Angus Gunn, David Stockdale…the list is pretty long. There are players at the club who may have gone under the radar and could actually fit into a Marcelo Bielsa styled team, I’ve picked out a few who may surprise everyone.

Oriol Rey

In youngster Rey you have a few small things that may help him become involved early in the summer under Marcelo Bielsa. He is a player who has been brought up in the Barcelon academy and we all know that the Bielsa style was one used by Pep Guardiola, the man who upped the Barca levels massively during his spell at the club.

It may sound daft but the fact Rey is Spanish and speaks the same language of Bielsa may just help him. We know Bielsa doesn’t speak English but is learning and we have plenty of Spanish-speaking players. It may help him communicate with the players. The final thing is the most important, Rey is a very good technical player who can be moulded.

Tyler Roberts

A £2.5 million signing from now Championship rivals West Bromwich Albion in January and he hasn’t kicked a ball yet. He arrived with a minor injury allegedly and then cracked his shin in training, ending his season before he even made one appearance.

What Roberts offers is pace and power, we can’t really say much more than that. Bielsa likes that in a striker if his previous sides are to be taken into account and the fact he can really push his style on the younger players who can still be moulded as I’ve mentioned above he may well want to give Roberts an opportunity. Will he be the main man? No, but he may fill one of the wide positions in pre-season.

Conor Shaughnessy

Unpopular opinion of the day from me. Shaughnessy came in for some serious criticism last season before he picked up his season-ending injury and it all came from Thomas Christiansen playing him in central midfield, ahead of some players who were clearly more suited for that role. Klich was actually shipped out before Shaughnessy was injured.

The Irish youngster did impress at centre-back though. He looked very natural and calm, on the ball he was very good from playing out and there is the key in this snippet of the article. We know Bielsa wants ball playing defenders and Shaughnessy is certainly that. He didn’t have many poor games at centre-back and Bielsa has watched every game from last season.


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