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Bielsa saw Pelly Ruddock in action; could he revive Leeds United's interest?

Pelly Ruddock of Luton Town is challenged by Rakeem Harper of West Bromwich Albion and Harvey Barnes of West Bromwich Albion during the Carabao Cup First Round match between West Bromwich...

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa watched Barnsley against Luton Town on Saturday.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brentford at Elland Road on October 6, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United didn't have a fixture this past weekend due to the international break, but manager Marcelo Bielsa didn't take the weekend off; far from it.

The Whites saw the likes of Pontus Jansson and Bailey Peacock-Farrell head off to play for their countries, and Bielsa took the time to go and watch another game.

Bielsa made the short trip to Oakwell to watch Barnsley take on Luton Town in League One, and saw the hosts claim a 3-2 win to remain third in the table.

 

Now, Bielsa may have simply used his weekend off to go and watch a local game, but with no chance of a game against Barnsley or Luton any time soon, many believe it may be due to transfer interest.

A host of players could have been on Bielsa's radar, but Leeds have a previous interest in Luton midfielder Pelly Ruddock, as we reported in 2016 that Garry Monk wanted to lure him to Elland Road, but failed with a bid.

Ruddock has starred for Luton this season, playing a key role in midfield Nathan Jones, and after that prior interest in Ruddock, Leeds may have kept him on the radar ahead of the January transfer window before Bielsa decided to go and watch him.

Pelly Ruddock of Luton Town is challenged by Rakeem Harper of West Bromwich Albion and Harvey Barnes of West Bromwich Albion during the Carabao Cup First Round match between West Bromwich...

The 24-year-old, formerly of West Ham United, is a quick, strong and diminutive central midfielder with good dribbling ability, and his combination of technical and athletic ability may hand him a role in Bielsa's setup.

Lewis Baker is only on loan at Elland Road, and having barely featured under Bielsa so far, Leeds may be wise to look at other options in midfield - and checking up on Ruddock after Leeds' initial interest two years ago may just lead to a revival of a move in 2019.

Matty Blair of Doncaster Rovers challenges Pelly Ruddock of Luton Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Doncaster Rovers and Luton Town at Keepmoat Stadium on September 8, 2018...

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