Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has huge faith in the club’s young players.
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has said he would rather coach his existing players up than rely on the transfer market, the Yorkshire Post report.
Based on what he has seen this season, it’s perfectly understandable.
Leeds made a triple move for Premier League loan players in the summer, signing Jamal Blackman and Lewis Baker from Chelsea, and Jack Harrison from Manchester City.
Bielsa is reluctant to repeat these deals, and it’s because their lack of success has done little to indicate he should.
In fact it has highlighted something quite remarkable, that Leeds’ academy talent might be even better.
Let’s go case by case.
Jamal Blackman could not displace Leeds youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell, and did not play a single Championship game.
There was some ill fortune here, with Leeds preparing to hand him his debut, before he got injured and his spell was cut short. However, the fact it took until November for Blackman to be seriously considered, tells it’s own story.
In midfield, Lewis Baker arrived with a big reputation, but has been completely outshone by Kalvin Phillips. Baker has only one league start to his name, in which he was substituted at half-time.
City winger Jack Harrison has struggled bar his goal against Millwall, and is currently being out performed by 17-year-old Leeds talent Jack Clarke.
There is bright Premier League talent available, as Derby have shown by loaning Mason Mount and Harry Wilson, and Villa with Tammy Abraham and Axel Tuanzebe.
So perhaps Leeds simply chose poorly, but it really is a gamble.
Bielsa has made up his mind that he would rather invest his time in Leeds’ academy players, believing they can hold their own.
The results are showing that he is right to do so, despite the hype and fanfare the Premier League youngsters arrived with.