Danny Mills has urged Leeds United to copy Frank Lampard’s blueprint for Derby County success by taking proper advantage of Marcelo Bielsa’s contacts book.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England international is convinced Leeds can snap up some top talent through Bielsa’s relationships with elite managers.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone are huge admirers of the Argentine and count him as a key mentor in their own distinguished coaching careers.
Mills called on Leeds to properly exploit this avenue after signing just one player – Jack Harrison from Manchester City on loan – that could be attributed to Bielsa’s links.
“It comes down to Marcelo Bielsa’s contacts,” Mills told Football Insider. “He is adored by Guardiola, Pochettino and the rest, so take advantage of it. Why not? That’s how football works.
“Lampard did it brilliantly at Derby this season. He is a legend of the game and people want to play for him, but it was his links with Chelsea that helped them sign Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.
“His assistant Jody Morris worked at Chelsea for a long time and would have had a great knowledge of the young Chelsea players.
“We’re hearing Leeds don’t have much money to spend, so why not use Bielsa’s contacts to get the best young players from Spurs and Man City and given them the experience of working for a season under a coach who will develop them, and plays in an attractive style?”
Leeds finished third and three places ahead of Derby in the recently-completed Championship season.
But Lampard’s side secured their revenge after being beaten twice in the league by Bielsa’s team with a stunning comeback in the play-off semi-final, before they lost to Aston Villa in Monday’s final.
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