By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

19th Aug, 2020 | 3:56pm

Leeds Exclusive: Bruce raves as Bielsa plots re-signing star with 25 PL-club goals

Michy Batshuayi has been backed to be a successful signing for Leeds if he were to make the switch this summer by Alex Bruce.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds defender delivered his verdict on whether the Chelsea man would be a good fit for his former club.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa managed the the Belgian international at Marseille and, as revealed by Football Insider, the Argentine is now plotting reunion.


It is understood that Chelsea would demand a £20m fee for the 26-year-old who fell behind Olivier Giroud last season to become their third-choice striker last season.

Asked by Football Insider whether the existing link with Bielsa means Leeds could see the best of Batshuayi if he joined Leeds, Bruce said: “If they got him, it would be a good signing for Leeds.

“It would be good for him to work with someone with experience like Bielsa who can improve players it wouldn’t be a bad fit.

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“It’s an interesting one, he’s obviously got Premier League quality, we’ve seen in fits and starts so he’d be a good signing if they could get someone like him through the door.

“Obviously someone like Bielsa can improve him.”

In Bielsa’s only full season in charge at Marseille, Batshuayi scored 10 goals in 27 games.

Since joining Chelsea in 2016, he has only started five Premier League games for the club.

In all competitions he has scored 25 goals in 77 games for the Blues.

Batshuayi’s career has stalled at Stamford Bridge and the striker has had loan spells at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and most recently Crystal Palace.

The Belgian joined Palace in the second half of the 2018/19 season and scored six goals in 13 games.

In other Leeds news, Football Insider can reveal the club have opened preliminary talks with a Premier League centre-back.