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Leeds round-up: Bielsa previews Stoke; approach for midfielder, Bamford deal explained

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Leeds round-up: Bielsa previews Stoke; approach for midfielder, Bamford deal explained

Leeds’ new boss Marcelo Bielsa meets the press

Leeds United’s new boss Marcelo Bielsa faced his first pre-match press conference as the club’s manager ahead of their season opening fixture against Stoke City on Sunday. The Argentinian was humble and keen to play down expectations of what he and his side can achieve in the year ahead.

“I am not a demagogue. When I speak I try not to please people. I try not to lie and I try to tell the truth but sometimes it’s hard not to be empathetic. I think I’m at a club that’s bigger than I deserve. My goal is to show I deserve this opportunity but also that I’m not a demagogue.”

Bielsa spoke to the press, including The Guardian.

After a mixed pre-season, Bielsa is clearly aware that he has his work cut-out. With a new system in place, it may be wise for the coach to try to buy some time. Having last won a trophy with Argentina at the 2004 Olympics, he’ll need to find that winning formula again quickly.

Brighton midfielder linked

The club are still heavily engaged in the transfer market, despite being busy preparing for their fixture against the recently relegated Potters. Football Insider say that the club have made an approach to Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Oliver Norwood with the Seagulls believed to be looking for around £1.5 million.

The Northern Ireland international spent last season on loan at Fulham and was one of the key men as the Londoners earned promotion back to the Premier League. Now, Norwood could make a permanent exit from the AmEx Stadium.

Pulis discusses Bamford’s Middlesbrough exit

The signing of Patrick Bamford from Middlesbrough came as a surprise to many in football after the former Chelsea man’s impressive form in spells in 2018/19. Now, coach Tony Pulis has given his take on what happened.

“A lot of things have been said about Patrick, he had two or three years left on his contract. If he wanted to stay all he had to say was ‘I don’t want to go’. We weren’t shoehorning him out of the club. He’s got a contract, he still had years left. You can’t push people out. Players have got to want to go, Patrick wanted to go.”

Pulis spoke to Gazette Live about the sale.

Bamford has now joined Leeds United and will be looking to hit the ground running for his new club. Whether or not he forced a move or not will remain between the two parties to reveal as and when they feel is suitable.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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