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It is obvious why Bielsa reportedly wants Nemanja Radoja at Leeds

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Leeds United at DW Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Wigan, England.

Championship leaders Leeds United have been linked with ex-Celta Vigo midfielder Radoja.

Nemanja Radoja of Celta de Vigo looks on during the La Liga match between Celta de Vigo and Malaga at Balaidos Stadium on March 18, 2018 in Vigo, Spain.

The transfer window might have slammed shut almost a fortnight ago but Marcelo Bielsa does not operate within normal conventions.

With three games of the new Championship campaign gone, TEAMtalk believes that a new player could still be on his way to Elland Road. After all, there’s nothing to stop Nemanja Radoja, a free agent who left Celta Vigo this summer, from arriving in West Yorkshire to pour extra fuel into Bielsa’s engine.

TEAMtalk claims that Leeds, Brighton and West Ham United have all expressed an interest in a 26-year-old Serbian international.


Yet Bielsa is one of the most demanding coaches in world football for a reason. He doesn’t just sign players on a whim. They have to fit in to his possession-based, high-pressing blueprint and the stats are certainly on Radoja’s side.

In his most recent run in the Celta Vigo side, Radoja’s pass completion rate stood at an impressive 86 per cent. In fact, this is a better success rate than the outstanding Kalvin Phillips, Bielsa’s Golden Boy, managed throughout the 2018/19 campaign.

Paul Pogba of Manchester United is chased by Nemanja Radoja of Celta Vigo during the UEFA Europa League semi final, first leg match between Celta Vigo and Manchester United at the Estadio...

In fact, only Adam Forshaw (88 per cent) could better Radoja’s accuracy.

So it is fairly obvious already why Bielsa likes this Eastern European pass-master. Radoja isn’t going to revolutionise Leeds’ style but that is not what the Argentine wants.

He would provide more of the same, although Bielsa's ball-hogging style hasn't done too badly so far.

Nemanja Radoja of Celta de Vigo reacts during the La Liga match between Celta de Vigo and Espanyol at Balaidos Stadium on February 11, 2018 in Vigo, Spain.

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