Date: 24th July 2019 at 5:31pm
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Leeds United are not expected to make any further signings to boost Marcelo Bielsa’s defensive core, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The club had been considering a late flurry into the summer market to find the missing ten per cent that would make Marcelo Bielsa’s current squad complete, with the potential need for a new centre-back a pressing issue among the Elland Road faithful.

Players like Aston Villa’s James Chester and Burnley’s Ben Gibson have been touted as potential Pontus Jansson replacements to have made Director of Football Victor Orta’s shortlist, but it appears neither will be coming to West Yorkshire, this summer at least.

Instead, the club seem set to push on with Bielsa’s philosophy of having a small, close-knit squad, tightly packed with players that can be deployed in numerous positions – such as Kalvin Phillips and his aptitude to play superbly in defensive midfield, and be capable of stepping into the back four.

It is because of Phillips’ ability to be able to do such that the boss allegedly feels he can make do with just Liam Cooper, Gaetano Berardi and Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Ben White as his recognised senior centre-backs in 2019/20.

A fourth out-and-out centre-back will likely be included in the Argentine’s plans next season, though, with the YEP suggesting that man will be Under 23s ace Pascal Struijk.

The 6 ft 2 talent has been tipped to make the move from Carlos Corberan’s ranks to the fringes of the first-team, after emerging as a strong contender to be one of Bielsa’s key back-up options next term.

Deurne, Belgium-born Struijk joined the Whites academy in January 2018 from Ajax’s youth contingent, having spent the prior year-and-a-half in their U19s after moving on from his initial youth side ADO Den Haag.

The former Netherlands U17 international is yet to represent United in a senior competitive fixture, but has spent time around the first-team and made the bench for our two Play-Off Semi-Final encounters with Derby County last season, as well as one inclusion on the bench under Paul Heckingbottom.

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22 Replies to “Leeds to close transfer search with 6 ft 2 talent tipped to become important Bielsa man – report”

  • Taking a Big Risk with Cooper he is simply not good enough!!!!!! How many points did he cost Leeds last season.We definitely need another recognised Centre back !!!!! And a Striker come on Andrea splash some
    Cash for a great Reward.

      • There are some serious Clowns out there, I guess who have never played the Beautiful Game or understand Business.
        It’s time to get behind the players, the manager & the Owner, believe in their plans for the future & wait until January before throwing out the millions. We need the performances of last season, consistency & team ethics to propel us forward.
        They’re not fans who slag Bielsa, mere supporters, not even that just “Johnny come lately’s, Social Media commando’s”.
        To all the true fans “We’re All Leeds Aren’t We”.

  • We definitely need a dominant centre half. But I think what really is needed a natural goal scorer who does not need half a dozen chances before he can score one, he is lucky.
    It goes without saying if we had such a player last year we would have walked it.

  • People need to quit slagging off our players, start showing some respect to those that wear the shirt and get behind the team.
    The amount of abuse some of our players, Cooper and Bamford in particular, are getting from a small yet vocal section of our fan base just goes to show that empty vessels really do make the most noise.

    • and the amount of abuse isn’t justified? Where have you been? Senior players threw away the semi against Derby, and they will be, apparently, our ‘rocks for the coming season.

      • mate, those same players got us to the play-offs, mostly the same players rose from 13th the season before to 3rd, so the amount of abuse is way out of proportion

    • Well said mate. I’m sick and tired of all this slagging off. Criticism is one thing but, insults and gutter language stinks. You can pick fault with any of the team if you really want to. How many games when the whole team played like a bunch of Sunday league. Bielsa is the man, he knows what he’s doing though I bet some of you would slag him off.

  • We’ll go nowhere with the defence as it is. Cooper is a calamity waiting to happen, and Berardi’s clogging instincts are just below the surface.

  • Cooper cost us dearly last year , he only looked good when we were winning easily ; and beradi , well he is a bigger liability than cooper ;; we look good going forward but defensively we fall apart when under pressure ; we need a big captain of a centre half

  • I agree, without another centre back we are going to struggle, Cooper is one of the worst defenders we have ever had. I’m hoping the likes of Costa will paper over the cracks by setting up and scoring as many goals as possible. However I’m extremely worried by our awful defence, notably the abysmal Cooper.

  • It’s not a crime to comment when numerous Managers and players let us down. I was fortunate to watch Leeds under Don Revie after supporting Leeds for nearly 60 years. Hang on to Bielsa, but stop selling our best players like Clarke and sell Cooper and Beradi please.

  • I dont believe Leeds will get promoted- Almost the same aquad as least season but a weaker one. Top 10 maybe but not top 2..Sorry, Im realistic

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