Marcelo Bielsa reportedly believes Burnley’s Premier League benchwarmer Vydra can fire Leeds United out of the Championship.

There are a number of points to make as Leeds United are, once again, linked with a big-money move for Matej Vydra.

The Mirror (22 November, page 74) reports that Marcelo Bielsa is asking the powers-that-be to bring in the seldom-seen Burnley benchwarmer for £7.5 million in the January transfer window. And what Bielsa wants, with the exception of a certain Manchester United winger, Bielsa usually gets.

Vydra is the definition of a proven Championship goalscorer. He’s broken the 20-goal barrier twice for two different clubs and won the Golden Boot with Derby County in 2018. It’s not hard to imagine, with a fully fit Vydra leading the line, Leeds blowing the rest of the division away en route to the promised land.

But it’s not that simple. The Czech Republic international has started just three league games in a year-and-a-half at Turf Moor, spending much of that time stuck on the sidelines. And if it is taking Eddie Nketiah weeks upon weeks to get up to speed, how long would Vydra need to prepare himself for the daunting demands of ‘Bielsaball’?

And then there’s the events of 2018 , still fresh in everyone’s minds. Vydra could have signed a more than healthy £30,000-a-week contract at Elland Road last year but then he got a little too greedy. The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that he demanded more in negotiations and Leeds walked away from the deal.

It’s fair to say Leeds fans have long memories.


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