Leeds United were linked with a loan move for Manchester City starlet Phil Foden during the summer, and following his impressive display for his team in their 3-0 Carabao Cup win against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday night, they must attempt to get him again in January.
The Manchester Evening News reported in June that the talented 18-year-old would not be joining Leeds or any other club as Pep Guardiola saw him as a big part of his first-team plans, and that proved to be the case as the transfer window slammed shut with him still being a City player.
While he is clearly highly-rated by the Spaniard, the teenager has only played 29 minutes of Premier League football so far this term, with the 90 he racked up against the U’s being his first start since the Community Shield at the beginning of August.
It looks certain that Foden has a big role to play for the Premier League holders in the coming years, but whether he will get the minutes he both wants and deserves during the current campaign remains to be seen – even if he did impress with a goal and an assist against Oxford.
While the Yorkshire outfit currently lie top of the Championship standings, if they are there or thereabouts in the New Year then Bielsa will surely want to add a couple of new faces to his squad in order to try and push them over the line.
Given the clear talent Foden has – as shown with his brilliant assist for Riyad Mahrez on Tuesday – he is a player that could make the difference for them in the run-in, and given Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics his energy and skill will be needed in the latter stages of the campaign.
Guardiola will likely need convincing to let the 18-year-old leave on loan, but if anyone can do that then it is Bielsa.