The day Pablo Hernandez calls time on his long and illustrious career, Leeds United fans will no doubt be in mourning.
The Spanish wizard has been an absolute revelation since joining from Swansea, making well over 150 appearances for the club and scoring 36 goals and providing 41 assists in total.
But with him turning 36 in April, Victor Orta will have to be on the look-out for a potential long-term successor to the veteran, and he could do a lot worse than bringing in Celtic’s Ryan Christie.
According to reports, there is considerable interest in the Scotland international, and that with him currently being unwilling to sign a contract extension at Parkhead, he could be on the move, with Leeds one of the clubs keeping a close eye on his situation.
Able to play anywhere across midfield, but perhaps at his most destructive when in the middle of the pitch, Christie has been an absolute machine when it’s come to driving Celtic’s attacks.
This season alone has seen him already reach double figures in terms of assists with 11, including setting up a goal each in both of Celtic’s Europa League clashes against Serie A giants Milan.
And when you compare his influence in game with Hernandez, Christie goes clear. As per Sofascore, the latter has averaged an impressive 2.4 shots, 2.6 key passes, and 1.9 dribbles per game this season, whilst Leeds’ resident magician has managed just 0.8 shots, 0.6 key passes and 0.4 dribbles.
That’s not to mention the fact Christie is the kind of hard-working team player who Bielsa would surely love to build his team around – he’s averaging close to two tackles per match in the Scottish Premiership.
Bringing Christie in would go a long way to completing Bielsa’s dream Leeds team as he looks to establish the Whites as a Premier League force.