Leeds Live’s Beren Cross has revealed what new signing Junior Firpo is up to behind the scenes at Thorp Arch following his move from Barcelona.
Writing initially on Twitter, Cross revealed: “No murderball for Firpo yet. As with many new faces at Thorp Arch, Bielsa has him grafting on his own for now. Firpo admits Leeds training is different to anything, anywhere. #lufc”
And then, in a piece for Leeds Live, he added: “Murderball has not been on the immediate menu for Junor Firpo at Leeds United as Marcelo Bielsa keeps the former Barcelona man on his own. Firpo was straight up to Thorp Arch to begin his training on Tuesday, but has, for the first few days at least, been training alone under Bielsa’s instructions.”
Firpo himself said meanwhile: “They told me, they told me, but now I can’t do it because the first days, Marcelo wants me to train alone to introduce the work because the style of training here is really different from Barcelona and from other teams.”
News that Bielsa is putting Firpo through his paces on his own to kick off his Leeds career is an understandable first step for the Spaniard to make before he really begins to get involved with the intense sessions that the Argentine has come renowned for.
As the left-back himself says, the style of training is different to anything he is likely to have experienced before, so Bielsa having him just dip his toes into the water in terms of his methods and practices is a sure-fire way to help him get up to speed.
With the Premier League campaign getting under away in just over a month, the Leeds boss will need his summer arrival to hit the ground running, especially with last season’s usual left-back Gjanni Alioski having departed for good from Elland Road.
Both Bielsa and the club’s supporters will be desperate for Firpo to be ready for that first game of the new season against Manchester United at Old Trafford, and getting him settled into life at Elland Road as quickly as possible will be key to that.
It’s exactly why Leeds fans will love Cross’ latest update on their new signing.