Marcelo Bielsa has written himself in the history books at Leeds and he needed just one year to do it. The Whites fans have waited an agonising 16 years to return to their rightful place in the Premier League and managers have come and gone trying to force the comeback. Bielsa got the job done with ease.
Last season saw Leeds top the Championship table with an impressive ten point margin over runners up West Brom. After winning an impressive 28 of their 46 games played and losing just nine, the Whites made their grand return to England’s top flight.
Despite their slump in form recently, they started their first season back in the Premier League with huge guts. Their opening match may have been a loss, but they put reigning champions Liverpool to the sword with a 4-3 scoreline. The Reds were able to scrape through, but Leeds didn’t hesitate in showing their strength in attack.
Carlton Palmer spoke to Football FanCast about Bielsa and his clever tactics at Elland Road.
“That’s not a shock that he’s come to the English league and is doing well,” the ex-Leeds man said. “His reputation precedes him. He’s a very good manager and a very good coach.
“And you know what you’ve got to remember when you’re a manager or coach – you can only be a good manager and a good coach if you have the tools to do your job.”
Indeed, Leeds aren’t squeaky clean when it comes to their squad. There’s a lot of kinks that need ironing out before Bielsa can fully re-establish his side as Premier League giants. But with the Argentinian at the hilt, there’s no doubt that the January transfer window will be an interesting one for the Whites.