Marcelo Bielsa will demand quick signings for Leeds United, won't tolerate market failure

Marseille's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa gestures during the French L1 football match between Lens (RCL) and Marseille on March 22, 2014 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis,...

Leeds United are seeking to appoint Marcelo Bielsa.

Marseille's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa looks on prior to the French L1 football match between Olympique de Marseille and Stade Malherbe de Caen on August 8, 2015 at the...

Marcelo Bielsa is one of world football's most fascinating coaches, and he is not afraid of picking up his ball at taking it home when he is not happy.

Leeds United are trying to land him as their next manager [SkySports] and they will need to work closely with Bielsa and deliver what he wants.

The strong-willed Argentine proved he is not a man of idle threats during his short lived spell at Lazio, when he quit the club after just two official days in charge.

Marseille's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa gestures during the French L1 football match between Olympique de Marseille and Stade Malherbe de Caen on August 8, 2015 at the Velodrome...

Bielsa's comments following his exit should act as a warning to Leeds not to undercut him.

He left Lazio because he expressly told the club to sign players in time for pre-season... and they did not deliver.

Bielsa was quoted by Goal: "After four weeks working together with you, we could not sign any of the seven additions in the work program expressly approved by the President Claudio Lotito.

"It was agreed as essential to the implementation of the work program that we would sign at least four footballers before July 5, with the objective that they would be able to participate in pre-season.

"For my style of work we needed to have these players arrive in a timely manner to train."

LOSC Lille coach Marcelo Bielsa shouts to his players during the pre-season friendly match between Atalanta BC and LOSC Lille at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on July 26, 2017 in Bergamo,...

This was only in 2016, and if there are lessons to be taken from this for Leeds United.

Succintly, make rapid progress with Bielsa's approved transfer targets and do not let him down.

Fans can also expect deals to be done sooner rather than later, as Bielsa would prefer to have his core group to coach when pre-season begins.

This puts serious pressure on technical director Victor Orta and owner Andrea Radrizzani to negotiate and seal transfers quickly.

Perhaps they can get off to a flying start by landing heavily linked free agent Abel Hernandez.

 

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