Steve McClaren speaks highly of Leeds and manager Marcelo Bielsa

Steve McClaren manager of Queens Park Rangers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers at the Liberty Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Swansea,...

Leeds play host to QPR on Saturday afternoon at Elland Road.

Queens Park Rangers Manager Steve McClaren looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Queens Park Rangers at Portman Road stadium on October 20, 2018 in...

Steve McClaren has told QPR's official website that Leeds United landed themselves a "massive signing" in Marcelo Bielsa when the Whites appointed the Argentine in the summer.

Bielsa, 63, has since guided Leeds to second place in the Championship and developed excitement among the Elland Road support that this could be their season to finally return to the Premier League - since being relegated in 2004.

The Yorkshire outfit will be looking to make it four wins out of four on Saturday, as they play host to McClaren's QPR at Elland Road. Leeds, though, are suffering an extensive injury list that threatens to derail their promotion push.


Former England manager McClaren believes luring Bielsa to Elland Road was an enormous signing, but it also saw Leeds fans' expect a lot more of their side. So far, they are adhering to their supporters' expectations.

“They are filling the stadium now and made a massive signing in Bielsa during the summer which raised expectations beyond the roof," McClaren said.

“We will need a lot of belief and a lot of courage – that’s what all teams need when you go to a place like Elland Road if you are to get a result there.”

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on December 1, 2018 in...

Leeds are expected to name somewhat of a makeshift defence as injuries to Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas have been added to an extensive list of players on the sidelines, which also includes other defenders Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi.

A fourth consecutive win could see Leeds leapfrog Norwich City to the top of the Championship table, but only if Daniel Farke's side fail to beat Bolton Wanderers at Carrow Road.

Marcelo Bielsa manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on December 01, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

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