New Leeds United signing Sean McGurk has hailed the ‘exciting’ style of football played at Elland Road under Marcelo Bielsa after joining from Wigan Athletic.
The Whites announced the 18-year-old had signed a three-year contract on Thursday. And speaking with the club’s website afterwards, McGurk shared how he is looking forward to playing under Bielsa as the Argentine’s style should suit him well.
McGurk believes the free-flowing nature of Bielsa Ball is similar to the way he caught Leeds’ attention at Wigan. But he will have to wait for his chance to get first-team minutes in West Yorkshire, as the Whites signed him for Mark Jackson’s Under 23s.
Leeds’ academy lifted the Premier League 2 Division 2 title last season to secure promotion. It was their first – and only – season in the second-tier after relegation the previous year, and they wrapped up the championship with two games to spare.
Jackson will want McGurk to play his part in re-establishing Leeds’ U23s’ top-flight status. But he already has eyes on the first-team, and how he will suit playing under Bielsa.
“The football the club plays as a whole is very exciting,” McGurk said. “It’s free-flowing football and with the type of player I am, I think I will suit it well.”
He added: “People describe me as a player who is quite exciting. I like to create goals and score goals, and I think that is the strongest part of my game.
“Coming in, I need to concentrate on getting fit and adapting to how the club play. And over the next couple of seasons, I just want to do the best that I can.”
McGurk and Leeds could be a match made in heaven
McGurk is clearly confident he and Leeds will be a match made in heaven, but must prove it on the pitch. The teenager caught the Whites’ attention with his efforts at Wigan, but is unproven at the senior level.
The attacking midfielder left the DW Stadium without making his first-team debut. Yet he shone at the junior level, with three goals and an assist in five career FA Youth Cup outings.
Wigan also considered McGurk as one of their academy’s highly-rated players, per the Yorkshire Evening Post. Victor Orta and Bielsa will now hope he establishes a similar reputation before making the step up at Leeds.