Mills Exclusive: Bielsa contacts can seal two January signings for Leeds from PL giants
Danny Mills has urged Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa to make full use of his managerial contacts to secure two plum loan deals in January.
The former Leeds and England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Argentine boss has failed to make use of his connection to the likes of Premier League managers Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino since arriving in England.
Leeds have seen a number of loanees arrive at Elland Road under Bielsa, with the likes of Jack Harrison, Izzy Brown, Lewis Baker, Helder Costa, Ben Whites and Eddie Nketiah joining to mixed results.
With Bielsa having close relationships with Guardiola and Pochettino, both of which consider themselves disciples of the veteran boss’ methods, Mills has said the Leeds man could use his contacts a lot better than he has.
Speaking about the club’s current loanees, Mills told Football Insider: “Eddie Nketiah, there could well be a clause in there (to cancel the loan from Arsenal) but would he be a drastic miss? You’d have to say probably not really, he’s not played enough games.
“He has scored some important goals but he hasn’t played enough games for us to go: ‘Look, he’s outstanding and we definitely can’t get rid of him.
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“If they were to lose one, I’m sure they’d be looking to get another one or two in and I think that is where Bielsa would need to use his contacts a bit better than last season and get on the phone to Pep, get on the phone to Pochettino and say: ‘Who have you got from the under-23s or from the periphery of your squad that you’re not going to use, that we can have for four or five months?'”
Tottenham and Leeds have been involved in transfer dealings recently, Jack Clarke signing for the north Londoners on a permanent deal before heading back to Elland Road on a season-long loan deal.
Meanwhile Bielsa has taken Harrison on loan from Manchester City for the last two seasons, the 22-year-old wide man having never played for the Premier League side’s first-team.
In other Leeds United news, Mills has made a positive claim about the future of one Elland Road mainstay.