Leeds boss Bielsa won’t lose sleep over missing out on Maddison

According to the Peterborough Telegraph, Leeds United target Marcus Maddison has held talks with Posh manager Steve Evans and is being reintegrated into the first team squad at London Road, but Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa won’t be too worried.

What’s the story?

The 24-year-old can play at attacking midfield or on either wing and took League One by storm last season, scoring 12 goals and providing a huge 23 assists in all competitions for Posh.

Maddison was linked to Aston Villa and West Brom as well as Leeds this summer as he was transfer listed and looked set to leave Peterborough for the Championship, but a permanent deal failed to materialise before the August 9 deadline.

Clubs in the English Football League can still make loan signings with obligation to buy clauses though and Leeds still have one of the smallest squads in their division, whilst playing some of the most high-tempo football under Bielsa.

Lose no sleep

However, while fans of the Whites may be disappointed that they won’t be signing Maddison, Bielsa will lose no sleep over failing to add him to his squad.

The Argentine has traditionally preferred to work with smaller groups of players and he has clearly used the pre-season period well to drill his system into his current crop of players.

Leeds started the season with two blistering wins over Stoke City and Derby County, before scraping past Bolton in the Carabao Cup with a weakened side. As well as this, Samuel Saiz, Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez have all been in top form in the forward positions, raising the question who Maddison would have replaced if he were to have signed.

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