By Darren Bent

23rd Nov, 2020 | 4:00pm

'Bielsa won't tolerate it' - Exclusive: Pundit on what he's seen from Leeds youngsters

Leeds United deserve great credit for their trust in and commitment to youth but Marcelo Bielsa will not tolerate slackers.

That is according to Darren Bent, the former England striker speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the club’s recruitment and emphasis on attitude as much as talent.

United spent nearly £100million on new signings in the most recent window to strengthen the squad for their Premier League return.

In addition to club-record signing Rodrigo Moreno, fees of £15million and above were also spent on Diego Llorente, Raphinha and Helder Costa.

The Yorkshire giants also embarked on a major strengthening of their youth set-up, signing the likes of forwards Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood.

Bent told Football Insider: “Recruitment is so important, especially in today’s climate with the pandemic and people aren’t spending that much money, you have to lean maybe potentially more on your academy than you’ve ever had to do in your life.

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“I mean because the money not out there to go and spend big money so you need players kind of being fast-tracked through to be ready to play first-team football.

“For me, it’s one of them where recruitment at Elland Road does seem to be good, they are doing it did it the right way, I believe, and you have to say fair play to them down there.

“Bielsa is obviously believing (in youth). When it comes to Leeds United, from what I’ve seen, I don’t think for me it’s about the players that they actually sign, I think it comes down to the system.

“If you can play under Bielsa’s system, work hard, work really hard, work your socks off, I think he can kind of take mistakes.

“What he won’t do is someone coming in, not knowing their job, not knowing their role and not putting a shift in. That he won’t tolerate.”

In other news, Leeds United have been tipped to sign a new striker in January amid “100 per cent hurting” Patrick Bamford claim.