By Alex McLeish

19th Aug, 2021 | 5:00pm

Ex-manager suggests Bielsa has hit 'panic button' as Leeds submit new midfielder bid

Alex McLeish has suggested Marcelo Bielsa may hit the “panic button” over new signings at Leeds United after the opening day defeat to Manchester United.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Argentine boss would be considering where he can strengthen after the 5-1 loss.

As revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday (August 18th), Leeds have submitted a new bid to sign Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O’Brien.

A Leeds source told this site they want a deal done so he can be registered to play against Everton.

Personal terms are not expected to be an issue.

Football Insider revealed the 22-year-old is keen on a move to Elland Road.

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McLeish suggested the humbling result against Manchester United may have accelerated Leeds’ transfer plans.

Asked if he thought Bielsa would push hard for new signings after the opening day, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “That is something I can talk about from my experience and situations.

“When something like that happens on the very first day you tend to push the panic button a wee bit. You say: ‘Have we got enough to cope with everybody else?’

“‘Are we in a relegation battle? Or we are going to be fighting for the places in the middle of the league? Get up there just in behind the elite.’

“You’re always thinking about that 24/7. We know how great Bielsa is. He’ll be the man to rectify that, if he feels they’re not strong enough in certain positions.”

Junior Firpo and Kristoffer Klaesson are the only two new additions to the senior squad this summer.

The Whites also signed Jack Harrison permanently after three seasons on loan from Manchester City.

In other news, Leeds United may sell these four players this month.