Leeds United

The value of the Leeds United squad has ballooned “enormously” and will continue to do so as long as Marcelo Bielsa remains at the helm.

That is according to finance expert and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after analytics company KPMG named Leeds as the club to have enjoyed the greatest year-on-year squad value increase in Europe.

The data shows Leeds’ squad value has more than doubled over the last 12 months, from £110.5million to £240.9m.

Leeds were promoted from the Championship last season and made several high profile transfers in the summer: Raphinha, Rodrigo and Diego Llorente among others.

But the huge increase in squad value is down to Bielsa’s methods on the training ground as much as any other factor, asserts Maguire.

“It’s the Bielsa effect,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“Values increases when one player moves from one division to another and proves himself in a higher league. That will automatically increase his market value. But also the quality of the coaching has a major effect.

“There’s no doubt that many players regard him as a coach who can help them improve their football, their skills, tactical nous and things of this nature.

“Clearly, the player benefits but Leeds benefit as well because, should they have to sell, they’ll be able to move those players on at higher prices.

“But the club has certainly benefited enormously from his management and will continue to do so in the future.”

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa

 

Even with 13 games left to play, Leeds have won hearts and minds in their first season back in the top-flight for 16 years.

Bielsa’s high-octane playing style has taken the West Yorkshire club to 11th place in the league and the 35-point mark which was enough to ensure survival last season.

In other news, a top pundit and Leeds United fan has named the players he is most concerned about ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Aston Villa.