Date published: Saturday 3rd October 2020 4:52
Leeds Utd have reignited their chase for an in-demand forward rated at £25m at the behest of Marcelo Bielsa, according to French reports.
Leeds have adapted seamlessly to the Premier League thus far, notching two wins from three prior to today’s clash with Man City.
Patrick Bamford has surpassed all expectations, notching three from three despite frequent criticism in the Championship.
Spanish international Rodrigo was brought in to provide competition for the centre-forward role. But strength in depth in the other forward positions remains relatively thin on the ground.
Talismanic playmaker Pablo Hernandez is currently sidelined with a groin injury, and at 35 years of age, questions remain over his durability going forward.
Therefore, further attacking reinforcements could yet arrive at Elland Road, with Brentford frontman Said Benrahma the latest to be speculated.
The 25-year-old shone in a superb campaign last year for The Bees. But with promotion ultimately not achieved, attention turned to whether their sparkling front three could be retained.
Ollie Watkins left for Aston Villa, while Benrahma was heavily linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs.
Now, according to French outlet FootMercato, Bielsa has reportedly ‘reactivated the track leading to the 25-year-old Algeria international.’
The tricky winger has amassed just 17 minutes of league football this season amid swirling rumours of a transfer.
Chelsea, Arsenal, Leicester and most recently Crystal Palace have also been linked with a move.
Guardiola explains the genius of Bielsa
Meanwhile, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claims he still has some way to go to match the stature of Marcelo Bielsa in the world game.
Guardiola has often spoken of how he has regarded the veteran Argentinian coach as an inspiration throughout his career.
The pair meet for the first time in England on Saturday as Guardiola takes his City side to Bielsa’s Leeds, who are back in the Premier League this season after a 16-year absence.
“He is probably the person I admire the most in world football. As a manager and as a person,” said Guardiola.
“I think he is the most authentic manager all the time, in terms of how he conducts his teams. He is unique. Nobody can imitate him, it’s impossible, especially his behaviour as a person off the pitch.”
Read his full quotes here.