Former Leeds United supervisor David O’Leary says Marcelo Bielsa’s aspect are completely suited to Premier League soccer and might be a power within the high flight subsequent season.
Nonetheless, he has urged the membership to deliver a brand new ‘top-class striker’ to Elland Highway in the summertime to spice up their scoring output, admitting the Whites – and striker Patrick Bamford significantly – have been too wasteful this time period regardless of their brilliance.
And membership legend Eddie Grey additionally agrees they should strengthen the group this summer season.
Bielsa’s males beat Derby County 3-1 on Sunday and had been lastly in a position to have fun on the pitch after changing into the primary Leeds group in 16 years to safe the membership’s return to the highest tier.
And so they’ve achieved it in fashion, too, being topped Championship winners – their first piece of silverware since successful the previous First Division title in 1992 – after an outstanding season underneath the Argentine.
It hasn’t been an ideal marketing campaign, nonetheless, with acquainted doubts creeping in earlier within the yr when it appeared they could possibly be set for an additional near-miss.
Pals was nonetheless on, Arsenal had been invincible, Twitter didn’t exist! What the world was like when Leeds had been final within the Premier League
Bamford’s lack of consistency in entrance of aim has been a significant gripe of supporters since his joined the membership from Middlesbrough in 2018.
Bamford is Leeds’ high scorer this season however he’s joint-eighth within the Championship aim standings. His tally of 16 objectives is shared with Jarrod Bowen, who hasn’t performed within the Championship since January when he left Hull and signed for West Ham.
He hasn’t been that artistic, both, offering simply two assists.
However, whereas his recreation is flawed, some will rightly argue that Leeds wouldn’t have been promoted with out the 26-year-old striker.
There’s extra to his recreation than simply objectives. In truth, he’s a key cog in Bielsa’s Leeds machine due to his work-rate, willingness to press and link-up play along with his teammate, and his supervisor clearly charges him.
However O’Leary has instructed talkSPORT Breakfast Bamford’s incapacity to bury probabilities might come again to chew Leeds once they return to the Premier League, and says they must be higher with a purpose to survive.
“I believe they’re a super match for the Premier League and so they’ll make the Premier League even higher,” mentioned the person who took Leeds to the Champions League semi-finals in 2001.
“The engaging soccer Bielsa performs will solely be good. He’s an bold supervisor and he’ll wish to do the identical. They’ll have a go, they wont be in awe of their opponents and so they’ll take folks on.
“For a ahead it have to be incredible to play on this group, it have to be a dream, as a result of they create so many probabilities.
“However the flaw in something is that they take the sport to folks, they create an incredible quantity of probability however don’t rating sufficient objectives to place groups away.
“Within the Premier League particularly, if you take folks on and create probabilities you’ve acquired to take them.
“Patrick Bamford has achieved nice, however I nonetheless suppose one other centre-forward can be crucial for them, personally.
“I’d wish to see them signal a very top-class centre-forward.”
Elland Highway legend Eddie Grey, whereas praising Bielsa for bettering the gamers already at his disposal, additionally believes Leeds have to strengthen this summer season to manage once they return to Premier League.
“I believe they’ll deliver a couple of gamers in,” mentioned the previous winger and Whites supervisor.
“Bielsa has improved most of the gamers within the squad he’s already acquired. He’s made huge enhancements in particular person gamers that I’ve seen over time.
“However the high quality within the Premier League is lots completely different to the championship and so they’ve not spent big quantities of cash.
“I believe the membership will spend.”
Take heed to a clip of David O’Leary on the talkSPORT Breakfast above