Bielsa's next move should be luring 17-18 Wolves anchor to Leeds

Ronaldo Vieira of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on April 13, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Leeds need a central midfielder after the loss of Ronaldo Vieira.

Ronaldo Vieira of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on April 13, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Leeds United have finally ended their lack of a talismanic striker by bringing in Patrick Bamford to Elland Road this week, and now Marcelo Bielsa's aim should be to add another central midfielder.

The Argentine required a goalkeeper, left-back, winger and a striker when he first joined the club, and he has since signed Jamaal Blackman, Barry Douglas, Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford. Lewis Baker has already joined the club.

However, the loss of Ronaldo Vieira to Serie A side Sampdoria is one that requires replacing and Bielsa should look to mirror Wolves' model for a second time system following their excellent Championship triumph last season.

 

The club bought arguably the best left-back in the Championship last season in the form of Scotland international Douglas from Wolves, and must now enter the reported race for Alfred N'Diaye of Villarreal.

HITC Sport claimed yesterday that newly-promoted Cardiff City and Championship promotion contenders Middlesbrough are interested in signing the 28-year-old, who starred at Wolves on last season.

A permanent move to The Midlands failed to materialise for the Senegal World Cup star, and now he remains at Villarreal though quite some way down the pecking order. Spanish outlet AS claim Wolves had an £8.2million option in their contract.

Coach of Lille Marcelo Bielsa during the pre-season friendly match between Lille OSC (LOSC) and Stade Rennais FC (Rennes) at Stade Pierre Mauroy on July 29, 2017 in Lille, France.

It remains to be seen how much Villarreal would be willing to sell N'Diaye for now, but his knowledge of turning in excellent performances week in, week out in a promotion-winning side would be a huge boost at Leeds.

The midfield anchor would be an excellent signing and certainly the last piece in the Leeds jigsaw, if they managed to lure him to Elland Road as Vieira's replacement. Bielsa must rival Cardiff and Boro for his signature.

Alfred N'Diaye of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers  and Birmingham City at Molineux on April 15, 2018 in Wolverhampton, England.

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