Leeds United’s managing director Angus Kinnear has heaped praise on Marcelo Bielsa’s training methods, but fans are worried about what it could mean for summer transfers.
Bielsa has a lot of work to do at Elland Road. The enigmatic new Leeds boss has already shipped several young players off on loan, including the misfiring Jay-Roy Grot, and he now needs to add to his squad.
Above all else, the squad is crying out for a proper goalscorer, and fans were furious when Nottingham Forest secured Lewis Grabban this week.
Matej Vydra seems the most likely solution, and Abel Hernandez has also been heavily linked, but Kinnear’s latest comments are raising some red flags amongst fans.
“Anybody who followed Leeds last season will have seen that the players didn’t play to 100 per cent of their potential,” Kinnear said.
“I know there’s a massive interest about who we’ll bring in but I also think we’ve got players with fantastic potential if they’re playing at 100 per cent, rather than 70 per cent.
“That could be the difference between last season and doing something significant.”
Kinnear continued to say they are working on addressing weaknesses in the squad, but once again stressed that it makes sense for Bielsa to spend time with the current crop of players so he can “fine-tune” his requirements.
While it does seem a sensible approach, fans have been here before, and they can’t believe they’re letting their transfer business run down to the last minute again.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
And here come the excuses for not signing anyone. Managerless in the bottom half by Christmas incoming!
— Phil Bulcock (@PhilB_LUFC) July 5, 2018
Sorry when they can’t pass or head , can’t see how a top coach can improve that. Should have been learnt at juniors. Early confidence evaporating
— gary davies (@garydav5282256) July 5, 2018
Just sick of all the broken promises by everyone at the club about new signings . Looks like we spent the transfer budget on the manager
— Elite Airport 24/7 (@eliteairport247) July 5, 2018
He knows when to talk doesn’t he! He winds me up!! Surely he knows every fan is pissed off with lack of activity, so the last thing we need to hear is that the players will play better….. So they should!!!!! Have to admire the balls of the bloke you really do!
— Matt Hill (@MattyHill83) July 5, 2018
If that’s what we are clinging to with no impending transfers in then we will be the same as last season rubbish & finish 16th or lower.
— Darren (@D_Dunne1) July 5, 2018
His sound bites become less and less convincing each time… #lufc need quality players or else we’re not going to trouble the top 6
— Dirty Leeds Scum (@DirtyLeedsFC) July 5, 2018
Fed up of the rhetoric. Sounds like we’re trying to blag another season on the cheap .Best fans in the league screwed over again ffs
— David Butler (@Boolay75) July 5, 2018
??? It’s like 11 new signings ???
— Carl (@DellaLeeds) July 5, 2018
The only turn being done at Elland Road will be MB walking out of the door like at Lazio
— David Kerr (@davidkerr2821) July 6, 2018
Don’t like the sound of that get rid of the failures for God sake
— Daz kilvington (@dazkilv147) July 6, 2018