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Leeds United should consider handing Samir Nasri a trial next month

Samir Nasri of Manchester City during the International Champions Cup 2017 match between Manchester United and Manchester City at NRG Stadium on July 20, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Samir Nasri is a huge fan of Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa.

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's form has taken a minor dip of late, with just the one win in their last five Championship games, but they remain in the hunt for promotion to the Premier League.

The Whites have some real quality players, but chief playmaker Samu Saiz has been inconsistent of late, and fans were far from impressed with his performance against Blackburn Rovers.

It remains to be seen whether Izzy Brown is used in that role when he returns from injury, but adding another central playmaker could be an option for Bielsa – and there's a free agent he may be wise to consider.

 

Former Arsenal and Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri has been sidelined due to a drugs ban for some time now, but he can return to training from November 1st, and he may well fancy a return to England.

The Frenchman, 31, can't begin playing again until January 1st, but bringing him in for training to get him up to speed for the second half of the season could be a Bielsa masterstroke.

Nasri told ESPN in 2015 that he had been watching boyhood club Marseille under Bielsa, and marvelled at his playing style, suggesting that he had never enjoyed watching his side so much, praising his 'total football' and pressing play.

Samir Nasri of Manchester City during the International Champions Cup 2017 match between Manchester United and Manchester City at NRG Stadium on July 20, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

“I ... I ... it's been a long, long time since I watched Marseille with that much pleasure," said Nasri. "Seriously! I understand why everyone in Marseille was dying for Bielsa to stay, I now understand why he's the idol of Pep Guardiola because the style of play, it's just like ... total football.”

“They might have some weaknesses in defence, or tactically, because they press one versus one ... everywhere! But the attacking style of play is just ... amazing. If you look at Barcelona, and the way they press high, or Bayern Munich, the way they press high... that's what makes them the best teams, because when they lose the ball, in the first three seconds, that's when they get the ball back, really, really high,” he added.

Nasri would seemingly love the chance to play under Bielsa before ending his career, and Leeds would certainly give him the best chance to do that, whilst playing his part in a promotion bid should be appealing.

It would be a gamble given Nasri's controversial nature, but his ability is undoubted, and having raved about Bielsa, Leeds should be considering offering Nasri a trial spell to kickstart his career and give him a dream move to play under 'El Loco'.

Sevilla's French forward Samir Nasri gestures during the Spanish league football match between Real Sporting de Gijon and Sevilla FC at El Molinon stadium in Gijon on October 29, 2016.

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