With only four wins under their belt in the Premier League so far this season with seven draws and eight defeats, the January transfer window could provide Leeds United with the perfect opportunity to make some changes to their squad so they can turn their fortunes around and have a strong second half of the season.
One player that Leeds could turn to that would improve the team is Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley, who the Yorkshire club have been linked with a move for in recent weeks.
With just five appearances and one start in the Premier League so far this season, it’s safe to say that Barkley is not seen as an important player for Chelsea and shows why he has been touted with a move away from Stamford Bridge this month.
Even though he hasn’t managed to score or provide an assist in the 11 total appearances he’s made across all competitions so far this term, the attacking midfielder has shown in the past that he is capable of delivering when given a consistent run of games.
For example, in his first five starts for Aston Villa during his loan spell there last season, the 28-year-old managed to score two goals and provide one assist before a hamstring injury knocked him off course.
Labelled as a “first-class” player by former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, Barkley could feasibly get his campaign back on track by making the move to Elland Road this month by getting some regular minutes under his belt in the process.
If Leeds are able to sign him in January either on a loan or permanent deal, this could give Bielsa the chance to get rid of Rodrigo given how the 30-year-old has not only managed to score just nine goals in 43 appearances for the Whites since his arrival. Considering he’s the club’s highest earner with a weekly wage of £100k-per-week and rather injury-prone, he hasn’t set the world alight.
It’s evident the Argentine manager hasn’t taken to the Spain international too well, with Gabby Agbonlahor delivering the following assessment following a time where he was substituted on and off the pitch in the same game.
“But in the game against Chelsea, he got taken off when he was brought on as a sub. It’s a bit humiliating from the manager.
“Sometimes you can lose players when you do stuff like that. I’m sure he won’t want to do that again,” he told Football Insider.
Moving forward, Leeds should definitely try and secure a deal for Barkley this month to add another midfield or attacking option for Bielsa in his squad, which could be very useful throughout the remainder of the season if they keep losing players to injuries.