Bielsa has made a huge mistake missing out on Man City youngster Nmecha

Preston North End confirmed the signing of Manchester City youngster Lukas Nmecha on deadline day, but Leeds made a mistake in not signing the striker who they were heavily linked with this summer.

What’s the story?

Nmecha had impressed in preseason for City and scored in their 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup, having made his Premier League debut towards the end of last season.

Before his promotion to the first team, the 19-year-old had netted a quite incredible 15 goals in just 11 Premier League 2 matches and four goals in three UEFA Youth League appearances.

The England U21 international is a pacy striker who looks set for a big career in English football and Leeds missed an opportunity by not securing him on a temporary deal this summer.

Major mistake

Bielsa sits watching Leeds vs Stoke

New Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is massively well respected in the footballing community and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola once described the Argentine as the best coach in the world. It was no surprise then when it was announced that young City winger Jack Harrison would continue his development at Elland Road for one season.

Leeds’ hunt for a striker was well documented this summer and the club courted Abel Hernandez and Matej Vydra┬ábefore completing a deal for Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford. Kemar Roofe also put in an impressive performance in the Whites’ opening fixture against Stoke but it remains to be seen whether he can translate that into regular goals for Leeds.

The prolific Nmecha then could have been the perfect signing for Bielsa, and would certainly have improved Leeds’ chances of pushing for promotion from the Championship this season.