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.
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.
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