Three traits key for Bielsa as pundit tips Leeds boss for exciting overhaul

Date published: Thursday 12th March 2020 11:39

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Former Leeds United midfielder Michael Brown has tipped the club to perform an overhaul of their squad in the summer transfer window.

Having seen their form stumble in January with defeats to Nottingham Forest and Wigan, Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa has got his side back on track impressively with five straight wins and five clean sheets to boot.

And while Leeds rectified last January’s mistake of failing to buy attacking reinforcements this time round, neither Jean-Kevin Augustin or Ian Poveda have had much impact on the team.

Poveda has not featured at all while Augustin, who Bielsa said was unfit upon his arrival in West Yorkshire, played 48 minutes across three outings in February before suffering a hamstring injury in training.

Leeds‘ recent run has put them back at the Championship’s summit – a point clear of West Brom – and Brown has insisted that Bielsa will be given backing by owner Andrea Radrizzani in the summer.

However, the pundit also pointed out that Bielsa will be looking for certain traits in prospective signings before jumping into a deal.

“Marcelo Bielsa was looking to improve in the window with certain players,” Brown told¬†Express Sport.

“The club tried to back that, and offered money and the finances to improve. But, the manager has to oversee that and the correct players are out there, that fits his mould, his squad and his way.

“At this moment in time, they can’t improve. They’re at the top of the league, and rightly so. Them and West Brom have been the best teams and they’ve just got to try and continue to get over the line because of the amount of pressure they’ve got.

“If they can just get over the line then they can look to build in the summer.”

 

 

Should Leeds gain promotion back to the top flight, Brown also tipped Leeds to follow the suit of Bournemouth and Sheffield United, who have succeeded in the Premier League despite keeping the core of their squad.

“You look at Sheffield United and the job they’ve done,” Brown added.

“They’ve got some improvements and signing some players.But the bulk of the squad have gone and done it. So why not Leeds United?”

Leeds return to action on Sunday when they face Cardiff in South Wales, before two home games against fellow promotion hopefuls Fulham and strugglers Luton.

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