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Benjamin Mendy's comments about Leeds-linked Marcelo Bielsa are interesting

Olympique de Marseille head coach Marcelo Bielsa watches the action during the preseason friendly match between Olympique de Marseille and Juventus FC at Stade Velodrome on August 1, 2015...

Could Marcelo Bielsa transform some Leeds United players if he joins?

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,...

From Pontus Jansson, to Samu Saiz, to Ezgjan Alioski, Leeds United have a number of excellent footballers who didn't have brilliant seasons last time around.

Jansson arguably regressed after an exceptional 2016-17 campaign at Elland Road; Saiz went off the rails in a big way during the second half of last season, while Alioski was just about as inconsistent as anyone.

It looks like Leeds are closing in on the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as head coach and, if Benjamin Mendy's past comments on the Argentine are anything to go by, United might be getting a fantastic man-manager and one who can help the likes of Jansson, Saiz and Alioski reach the next level.

LOSC Lille coach Marcelo Bielsa looks on before the pre-season friendly match between Atalanta BC and LOSC Lille at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on July 26, 2017 in Bergamo, Italy.

Mendy, who played under Bielsa at Marseille and later earned a £52 million move to Manchester City, told Onze Mondial last May: "He made me devour videos like never before. To begin with he put me in front of the videos and I'd fall asleep. But he was happy! I was shocked.

"After a while I stopped sleeping and told myself 'go on, I'll watch two minutes of this thing after all.'

"After that he talked to me, I talked to him and we'd go over moves together. He told me, 'see, that's why I let you sleep. You slept, you slept, you slept but the day you decided to watch you got interested on your own. If I'd pushed you to watch you wouldn't have been interested'... Marcelo is just too good."

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool and Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City battle for possession during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on...

Mendy offers a fascinating insight into Bielsa's methadology when it comes to improving players and, if applied correctly to the ones that he might be about to inherit, many at Leeds could benefit.

Of course, none of them are going to develop to the point where they are at Mendy's level, but that isn't feasible. Point is, plenty of Whites players - like, say, Tom Pearce, a young left-back like Mendy was at Marseille - could come on leaps and bounds under Bielsa and surely that is a major step in the right direction for the Elland Road club.

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