Marcelo Bielsa is “100 per cent” unlikely to abandon his style of play any time soon – and Leeds United may have to back him in the transfer market as a result.
That is according to ex-Spurs, Aston Villa and Sunderland striker Darren Bent, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams amid reports that Leeds are in the market for yet more attacking players.
On Monday, Football Insider revealed that the hierarchy at Elland Road have a “concrete” interest in signing Jean-Philippe Mateta, a 23-year-old Mainz centre-forward.
Bent has his reservation in terms of Leeds’ transfer strategy and raised the point that they might be better off investing in reliable defenders rather than thrill-a-minute forwards.
But he also told Football Insider that the physical demands of Marcelo Bielsa’s tactical system might mean that recruitment is needed all over the pitch: “They may need to recruit in January to keep this level of football up.
“We know what Bielsa’s like. A lot of people will be saying he needs to address the backline first, but his philosophy is to outscore the opposition. They aren’t turning up to get a 1-0. Even in that game against Everton where it was 1-0, Leeds gave up a lot clear cut chances which the opposition didn’t take.
“Can you sustain it all season? If they stay up this season it will have been proved to be the right decision. Do I think they will stay up this season? 100%. But they might still need to bring some players in.
“But then again, you know what the Premier League’s like. We say Sheffield United last season, they played a certain way and caught people by surprise because they didn’t know how to deal with it. This season, they can’t buy a win.”
Leeds have performed above expectations so far this campaign and currently sit in 12th place.
They have already spent £96million on transfers this campaign, but will no doubt be willing to invest further if it means securing survival in their first season in the Premier League in 16 years.