Sport Forget Raphinha: Bielsa must finally unleash £13.5m-rated Leeds gem who "scores goals" - opinion
Bielsa can save millions at Leeds by unleashing 17 y/o who's the next Kalvin Phillips - opinion
Leeds youngster Cian Coleman could be Kalvin Phillips 2.0 for the club in the future.The Daily Star recently reported that Manchester United have abandoned their pursuit of West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice in order to focus their efforts on Phillips, as the Red Devils believe he could bolster their options in the middle of the park.
With Raphinha facing a race against time to make it for Leeds United’s Premier League clash against Southampton today, Marcelo Bielsa has a big decision to make on whether he starts the Brazilian if the 24-year-old is available.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Leeds manager: “There’s no doubt that there’s a short turnaround but the options that he has to participate in the game on Saturday depends on whether he plays this final game tonight, how many minutes he plays, how he finishes the game after he’s participated in it, how efficient the rest he can have in the next 36 hours is, considering that a third of those hours he will spend flying and if there’s any risk that fatigue will cause injuries then we won’t risk him.
Paul Merson goes in both barrels on Marcelo Bielsa with huge double claim
After a tough start to the new season, Merson has gone in hard on Bielsa. He maybe needs to look at the bigger pictureThe West Yorkshire outfit finally claimed a first Premier League win of the season at the seventh time of asking on Saturday. That’s after a goal from Diego Llorente was enough to see off Watford – though Bielsa claims the win was never in doubt.
“There’s so many aspects to consider that I can’t offer you any certainties either way.”
If the Leeds talisman isn’t able to pass a late fitness check, then Bielsa surely has to call upon Jack Harrison against the Saints.
Former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson has waxed lyrical about what Harrison brings to the table earlier this summer and insisted that he has become a key figure under Bielsa.
The 41-year-old: “I think the player he has developed into, not just on the field, but his stature and physical fitness, I think he’s becoming an all-round key component of this Bielsa side.
“I like Jack, he’s got a lot of talent, he’s got speed, he’s direct, scores goals, creates goals and for that price tag, I think it’s an absolute no-brainer. They have to make that signing.”
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"They are not what they once were. If one of the big boys comes in for him, Leeds will sell. They will sell."Ahead of their return to the Premier League, Marcelo Bielsa‘s side paid around £17m to sign Raphinha.
Robinsonthat the Harrison “creates, he scores, (and) he offers Leeds something else”, and indeed he was one of Leeds’ most prolific campaigners last season eight goals and eight assists in 36 Premier League games for the club.
While his start to the currenthas been disappointing to say the least – no goals or assists in his five top-flight appearances thus far – his recent little spell on the sidelines as Dan James got the nod could just have lit the fire that he needed.
The 24-year-old, who was dubbed as “” by Noel Whelan, could be the man to fill Raphinha’s boots today against the Southampton if the Brazilian cannot feature.
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Former England striker Kevin Phillips believes Raphinha could leave Leeds United, especially now that he is a Brazil international. The Lowdown: Raphinha’s reputation grows The 24-year-old has been adored by Whites supporters for just over a year now since he joined from Rennes, but he is now receiving more widespread praise. Raphinha has scored twice […]The 24-year-old has been adored by Whites supporters for just over a year now since he joined from Rennes, but he is now receiving more widespread praise.