Danny Mills has revealed Marcelo Bielsa is on the phone to Pep Guardiola nearly every day as Leeds United’s promotion bid reaches crunch time.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, our brilliant new pundit expressed his surprise that the United manager did not take advantage of his close connection with the Manchester City manager in January.
Ex-Leeds defender Mills has been impressed how the players have adapted to their manager this season and secured a play-off spot with virtually the same squad that finished 13th last season.
But he believes Bielsa could have made better use of the winter transfer window to give the team a boost in the second half of the campaign.
“I think all the players have done well, I think what I was most surprised about was in the January transfer window, they didn’t go out and get one or two more signings – maybe an out-and-out goalscorer,” Mills said.
“Pep Guardiola is on the phone to Bielsa nearly every other day. This is unbelievable. Pochettino thinks he’s the godfather of coaching – they adore him.
“I don’t understand why he didn’t pick the phone up and say: ‘Can we have a striker? Can we just borrow one of your strikers for the rest of the season?’
“You’re not asking for (Sergio) Aguero, you’re not asking for Harry Kane, but you know, one of those under-23s, one of those up and coming players that would be given a chance, that would play in the right way.
“Bielsa’s thinking on that was ‘by the time I’ve taught somebody how to play my way and get used to the system, we’ll be eight, ten weeks down the line and it’ll almost be the end of the season.’”
Leeds did sign winger Jack Harrison on loan from Manchester City and he has been a regular member of the starting XI.
But Harrison is the only player from City and Tottenham – managed by Bielsa proteges Guardiola and Pochettino – who has moved to Elland Road.
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