Leeds United are eyeing a late transfer move for QPR centre-back Rob Dickie in this summer window.
The Whites have had a fairly quiet transfer window in terms of real first-team signings, with Junior Firpo joining from Barcelona and Jack Harrison seeing his move from Manchester City finally made permanent.
Bielsa himself recently indicated that business at Leeds is likely to be done now, but it appears that the Yorkshire club might have one last ace up their sleeve.
According to Football Insider, Leeds are locked in a transfer battle with fellow Premier League club Wolves over QPR’s Dickie and have been closely monitoring his situation over these last couple of weeks. The report adds that they are weighing up a move for the 6 foot 2 titan along with Newcastle as well.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed a superb start to the Championship this season, helping his team to keep one clean sheet, as well as averaging an impressive 1.3 interceptions, 1.3 tackles and three clearances and winning a mammoth nine duels per game.
During his time with Oxford United, Dickie was heavily praised by manager Karl Robinson, who said: “I know he’s quick, I know he’s talented, I know he’s great in the air, but I need to see what he’s like when he’s on the floor and see how he stands up. In the second half, I thought Rob Dickie was magnificent.”
As well as that surprising pace for a player of his size, the centre-back is equally comfortable on the ball and playing through the lines, and that’s exactly what Bielsa will love about him.
As per Sofascore, he averages 34.3 passes per game for QPR, at an accuracy of 77%, and boasts a pretty impressive rate of finding his teammates when it comes to his longer passes, making 47% of them.
With fitness concerns persisting over last summer’s signing Diego Llorente, a move for Dickie – a player who knows the English game very well – could be the kind of shrewd acquisition with which Bielsa will firmly agree.