By Alex McLeish

26th Sep, 2020 | 12:30pm

'The Bielsa factor' - McLeish Exclusive: Leeds may lure 'Magnificent' midfielder from CL side

Alex McLeish believes the prospect of working under Marcelo Bielsa could be a big lure as Leeds United set their sights on re-signing Ross Barkley on loan from Chelsea.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League manager has urged the 26-year-old to seal a move away from Stamford Bridge if he is not playing regularly under Frank Lampard.

As revealed by Football Insider, Leeds are plotting another temporary move for their former loanee as a potential alternative to Udinese playmaker Rodrigo De Paul.

Barkley spent a month on loan at Elland Road while with Everton and played four times during his spell in Yorkshire.

McLeish admits he is desperate to see the midfielder have a season uninterrupted by injury or other problems which stop him playing and suggests Leeds could be a very attractive destination.

McLeish told Football Insider: “Barkley, sometimes he looks absolutely magnificent and sometimes he disappears for a wee while – sometimes literally with injury or something else.

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“You’re really looking for Ross to go untouched in a whole season for a particular club because the talent is absolutely without doubt. When he plays at his top level, he can make the game look effortless.

“Leeds could be an attraction because he’s already been there. The Bielsa factor may be one that lures him and I think he could enhance them if he goes there.

“He’s played for big clubs and at Chelsea we know where they want to go in the business they’ve done in the last six months has been pretty awesome so it’s difficult to see everyone fitting in to Chelsea’s midfield.

“If Barkley’s not getting a game then he must go and play somewhere else because you can’t waste his talent sitting on the bench.” 

In other Leeds United news, a player with just two starts for the club has been tipped to play against Sheffield United after early team news.