Leeds boss Bielsa reveals thinking ahead of January transfer window

Date published: Thursday 8th November 2018 12:34

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa says that getting four players back from injury in January will be like four new January signings.

Patrick Bamford, Izzy Brown, Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi are all in the treatment room at the current time but the quartet are on track to return early in 2019.

That comes as a relief to Bielsa, who was asked about the January transfer window at his West Brom news conference on Thursday.

“It will be very hard to add new players but we will have 4 more players coming in January – Bamford, Brown, Ayling and Berardi,” said Bielsa.

The 63-year-old, who leads United into battle at The Hawthorns top of the Championship, was also asked if  he thought his squad was deep enough to cope with a promotion campaign.

“Yes. But it’s only my opinion. Because the club can have a different opinion.”

Speaking about Saturday’s challenge at West Brom, Bielsa added: ” I think the best offensive players of the Championship play at West Brom. They might not have the best player in each position but if we take as a whole – they are the best offensive players.

“If we take them as a whole you won’t find any other team with players as good as them.”

Bielsa also believes the way his team cope defensively with Darren Moore’s side may well be an indicator as to how Leeds will fare in 2019.

“I think the challenge the exam we are coming to this Saturday, in the defensive department it will strengthen our conclusions. But it’s also very important for us to keep our offensive identity.

“There is an old sentence that says the best way to defend is to attack and if we want to refresh this sentence and give importance to the value of possession, in order to attack you need to have the ball, so we will try to have the ball,” added Bielsa.

 

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