Marcelo Bielsa is already a cult figure at Elland Road, famed for his massively in-depth analysis, ground-breaking training methods and his somewhat innovative ways with players and coaches. But it is a meeting at a League Two ground this week that has this particular pundit talking the most.
Bielsa was spotted at a friendly match between Bradford City and Liverpool this weekend, as reported by us at The72, just as his squad were jetting out to sunny Australia to embark on a pre-season tour, where Bielsa will meet them in the coming days, seemingly as a spectator, but with ulterior motives.
It is suggested, by former striker Noel Whelan, that Bielsa had a meeting planned with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp regarding the availability of winger Ryan Kent, who Leeds and Rangers have been strongly linked with this summer.
Whelen told Football Insider:
“Bielsa was probably at Bradford looking at Ryan Kent,” Whelan told Football Insider. “There’s no reason for him to go there rather than Australia unless it was beneficial for him.
“Ryan Kent has been spoken about before. I think Bielsa has met with Jurgen Klopp after the game. If there is interest and conversations going on it, it is worth talking with his manager.
“There’s no harm in building up a rapport with Klopp.
“I would love to have Kent at Leeds next season. He is a fantastic young player who did really well at Rangers last season. Stevie G would love to keep him but if we can can get him, he would be a brilliant signing.
“He can play wide, number 10, has pace, strength, can run at defenders, and score and create goals. He’s a really exciting young prospect.”
Could this kind of relationship between the two managers be a god send for Leeds, with Kent believed to be an excellent addition, should a move actually take place?
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will be hoping that his own relationship with Liverpool will be enough to sway any move in his favour however, with the former England captain looking at taking Kent back north of the boarder after such a successful spell last season.