New Leeds United coach Bielsa reveals his transfer plans

Date published: Monday 25th June 2018 2:34

New head coach Marcelo Bielsa hopes his Leeds team will take the game by the “scruff of the neck” as he opened up on his transfer plans.

The Argentinian signed a two-year deal to succeed Paul Heckingbottom at Elland Road, with an option for a third season.

Speaking in his first press conference on Monday, via a translator, Bielsa said: “I want people to take the game by the scruff of the neck, to get the ball and play.

“We have an obligation as managers to put in place what we believe to be right. I think the players have enough about them to take my beliefs into action.”

Speaking about trasfers Bielsa confirmed that he would not bringing in a raft of new players.

“For the moment we’re not intending to bring too many new faces in. From my point of view the club have got plenty of players I feel should remain here, who we should keep,” said the Argentinian.

“But obviously I can’t ignore the fact that there are 46 games in this competition. We’ve got one or two youngsters coming through who will be useful in that respect but we might need to add some experienced faces.”

The new boss also admitted he needs to trim down the Elland Road squad, which he believes is unbalanced.

“There might be departures so the numbers aren’t excessive. Anybody leaving would be more to do with me wanting a lean squad,” added Bielsa.

“The club have got 15 players more than they need. And we still have four or five positions on the field where we need to strengthen.

“We’re trying to keep players who we can promise plenty of game time. I’ve seen all 51 games that Leeds United played last season so I’ve got opinions in my head about all the players – but I’ve not had that day-to-day contact with them.”

 

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