Leeds Exclusive: Pundit hails Bielsa factor after critical Rodrigo de Paul update
Michael Brown has warned Leeds United of signing too many players without Premier League experience.
Speaking exclusively Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Whites player delivered his verdict as the club close in on the signing of Udinese playmaker Rodrigo De Paul.
This site revealed earlier this week that Leeds have agreed personal terms with the 26-year-old but remain locked in negotiations with the Serie A side over the transfer fee.
Leeds have already added SC Freiburg defender Robin Koch and Valencia forward Rodrigo who they paid a record transfer fee for.
Koch, 24, has never played outside of Germany before while Rodrigo, 29, had a loan spell with Bolton Wanderers a decade ago where he started just four Premier League games.
Asked by Football Insider what De Paul would offer Leeds, Brown said: “They want to play creative football, don’t they Leeds United?
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“I think international players have a little bit of that extra level.
“The only thing you would say is, too many players coming in at once who don’t know the league will take time.
“But what I would also say, they’ve got Bielsa. We are talking about somebody who is that good, in Bielsa.
“All these players have to fit in with Bielsa, that doesn’t change.
“We’ve seen players at other clubs going in and you go ‘he’s the one making the difference’ but ultimately at Leeds United he’s the manager and that’s it.”
De Paul netted seven goals and provided six assists in 34 games in Serie A last season as Udinese finished 13th.
The attacking midfielder has played 17 times for Argentina after making his debut in October 2018 and he impressed in last year’s Copa America as Argentina finished third.