By Michael Brown

14th Dec, 2020 | 7:00am

Pundit Exclusive: Bielsa tipped to lure international star to Leeds on Jan loan

Marcelo Bielsa can lure an international star to Leeds United on loan in the January window.

That is according to Michael Brown, the former Leeds midfielder speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge about the club’s potential recruitment next month.

Leeds ended the weekend 14th in the Premier League after their 2-1 Friday night defeat at home to West Ham.

United are facing a defensive crisis over the coming weeks in the long-term absence of Robin Koch, while Diego Llorente has made only one sub appearance since he joined due to a series of muscle issues.

Bielsa last week ruled out signing a permanent defender in January but there is the possibility of a temporary arrival heading to Elland Road.

Asked if he thought Leeds could dip into the Premier League loan market in January, Brown told Football Insider: “It’s always a tough one because January is a window where you’re not always going to get people, clubs don’t want to let them go, but also there’s a few clubs, with internationals who are not playing.

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“Have Leeds United done enough now, with the Bielsa factor, to sort of entice a few people?

“I think the size of the club, the support behind Leeds United – you see what Elland Road would have been like on Friday night – it will help when they start to use that.

“Leeds will be asking the question and, as a player, even if at your parent club you’re thinking: ‘Well, okay, I don’t necessarily want to leave my parent club but I want to play week in, week out,’ then you might feel like: ‘Well, do you know what? I’ll go back myself.’

“‘I’ll go play for Bielsa, go see what he can teach me, go see what it is like over that three, four months,’ and I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a player you can go and get in the Premier League.”

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