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Morning Leeds-in for 5 June: A deal for Marcelo Bielsa isn’t about a coaching search, it’s chasing a dream

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One of the themes that has been surrounding the potential appointment of Marcelo Bielsa is that he would be a revolutionary at Leeds. But is that really the case?

Bielsa has got a great reputation around world football and to land someone of his stature would be remarkable for Leeds, make no mistake. He’s got a revolutionary way of approaching the game with tactics and almost everyone who has worked with him has nothing but positive things to say about him.

Leeds have put an emphasis on youth, and Bielsa’s time in Mexico with Atlas proved that he could get results on a lower than average budget and develop young players. His Atlas teams developed or identified a whole crop of Mexican players that ended up on the national team. Eight of the eleven players that made the last 16 of the 2006 World Cup and lost to Argentina in extra time either played at Atlas or came up through the Atlas youth system when he was there, including perhaps Mexico’s greatest ever player, Rafael Marquez.

He’s the real deal and Leeds would be lucky to have him, even if it doesn’t work out. For Leeds to reclaim their heritage as one of the “big” clubs in England, they’re gonna need a big name to take them up. Appointing Bielsa is chasing a dream.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Season grade for Andy Lonergan. [Through It All Together]

So Pontus Jansson wants to go to the Premier League. Shouldn’t every player at Leeds? [Through It All Together]

What would Marcelo Bielsa bring to Leeds? [Sky Sports]

England and English Football Links

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius may have suffered a concussion during the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid. [The Liverpool Offside]

Graham Potter has agreed to take the manager’s job at Swansea City. [BBC.com]

Manchester City’s Leroy Sane left off the Germany national team squad for the World Cup. [Bitter and Blue]

World Football Links

AC Milan owner Yonghong Li missed a payment due to “technical issues.” If by technical he means “no money” then it makes sense. [AC Milan Offside]

Fiorentina rejected a €20 million offer for Jordan Veretout from Marseille. [Viola Nation]

Andres Guardado and Diego Reyes face late fitness tests but have been included on the 23 man roster for Mexico. [FMF State of Mind]