Leeds have made an excellent start to the season, but their lack of depth will cost them if they don’t make a late loan swoop for Everton’s Mo Besic.
Leeds have made just about the perfect start to life under Marcelo Bielsa, and perhaps his most impressive feat is the work he’s done with Kalvin Phillips.
The young midfielder was probably one of the worst performers last season, but the new boss has revitalised him in a deeper midfield role.
However, Adam Forshaw’s constant injury problems and the sale of Ronaldo Vieira means one injury to Phillips could be catastrophic.
This is why Bielsa must take advantage of Besic’s situation at Everton, as the tough-tackling 25 year-old is unlikely to see any playing time this season. The biggest flaw in Bielsa’s system is potential fatigue and injuries, and building quality depth is quite literally the only way to prevent this being an issue.
Middlesbrough have been heavily linked with a loan deal for the Bosnian, but the deal reportedly fell through last week.
Besic spent the second half of last season at the Riverside, and fans loved his work ethic and feisty tackling, but it looks like they have missed the chance to snap him up for another season.
A more recent report has claimed Boro have baulked at the Everton man’s wage demands, and Leeds should jump at the opportunity to swoop in and pay him what he wants.
Besic has never really got the chance to strut his stuff at Everton, but there is clearly a very talented player there. At 25, he has racked up 31 caps for his country and was superb on loan at Middlesbrough last season.
In 17 Championship appearances, he grabbed one goal and one assist, averaged an amazing 88 per cent pass success rate, and completed 1.6 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per game as well.
Those are truly incredible stats for a defensive-minded midfielder, and his tackling numbers speak for themselves, averaging over two per game for Boro, and boasting an incredible 3.7 per game in the Europa League for Everton.
The 25 year-old is fantastic at reading the play, loves getting stuck in, and has the composure and quality to pick his head up and find the pass for one of Bielsa’s trademark quick transitions.
If Leeds are going to play this high-octane pressing all season, there will be injuries. A loan swoop for Besic would ensure any midfield injuries would not be a crisis, as he could interchange with both Phillips and the impressive Mateusz Klich.
So, Leeds fans, would you be happy to cough up the wages for a loan swoop? Would Besic be a good signing? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…