After 16 years in the wilderness, Leeds are back in the Premier League.
It has taken the club via League One and some rather abysmal seasons in the depths of the Championship to get there, but Marcelo Bielsa has guided his team impeccably.
Spy-gate and their epic bottling of promotion last season sparked headlines in the newspapers but this time, the Whites are gaining attention for all the right reasons.
Bielsa may still need to put pen to paper on a new deal at Elland Road but the terms of that should be a formality. It would be crazy if the Argentine walked out after achieving promotion.
He has changed the shape of the football club. From the way the parking is at Thorpe Arch to specifically bringing back the club’s chef from furlough first, his methods are meticulous.
Over the break, he even got his staff to analyse every single set piece scored in the top five leagues this season.
He is a man of remarkable methods, but they more than work.
Whether he gets away with it next season remains to be seen, but one habit he may have to get over is a lack of rotation – particularly if he signs Jonathan David.
The Canadian hotshot, who scored 23 goals and produced ten assists for Gent this term, has been linked with an audacious move to Yorkshire but it remains to be seen whether they have the lure to sign him – especially over clubs like Arsenal.
Though, if the forward does sign for Leeds, what would the potential consequences be?
Orta ends striker hoodoo
It’s safe to say that Orta’s recruitment since he became Leeds’ Director of Football has had mixed success.
For every Mateusz Klich and Ben White, there is a Vurnon Anita or Izzy Brown.
However, it’s in attack where the Spaniard has been really caught out. Patrick Bamford may have led the line and scored 16 goals this term, but he is not a player capable of finding the back of the net on a regular basis – certainly not for the £10m they paid in the summer of 2018.
When it’s come to strikers, he’s been left wanting, acquiring loanees like Eddie Nketiah and Jean-Kevin Augustin who weren’t up to Bielsa’s standards.
However, a player with the ability and potential of David could finally end Orta’s struggles in the striker department.
Ever since the current managerial set-up, they’ve had to rely on goals from other areas – David’s acquisition could finally end that hoodoo.
The former Middlesbrough forward received a heavy dosage of criticism throughout this season. However, the striker was true to himself and never gave up.
Even after costing his team with some golden opportunities, he has always suited Bielsa and Leeds’ style of play.
His pressing and work-rate is valued so highly, perhaps even more so than his goals.
It was thought when Augustin arrived that Bamford would finally have a spell on the bench but surely signing someone like David would provoke the Argentine manager into making some sort of change.
The forward is far too good to be sitting on the bench.
The Whites’ current number nine has had his fair share of luck since signing but his run could come to an end if a big-money attacker arrives.
Hernandez begins to get phased out
Now, if Bielsa doesn’t prefer David as his central striker, he could play him behind the striker.
The youngster is also capable of playing as an attacking midfielder or on the wing and with Pablo Hernandez now at the age of 35, David could be the man to start phasing him out.
The Spaniard is an Elland Road legend, being crowned Player of the Season three years in a row, but there has to come a point where a successor is found.
Hernandez is a magician, a footballing genius, but given his age and injury record this term, he doesn’t have the ability to play 38 high-intensity Premier League fixtures.
David presents the ideal opportunity to prepare for his departure in a year’s time.
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