Leeds react as club could reportedly form Bielsa reunion on a free transfer
Leeds United are reportedly considering a move for Torino defender Nicolas N’Koulou on a free transfer this summer, a move which would see him form a reunion with Marcelo Bielsa – and Leeds fans have responded on Twitter to the reports.
N’Koulou, 30, is on the fringes at Torino – coming in and out of the Serie A side’s starting XI, making only 14 appearances in all competitions. The 72-time Cameroon international is out of contract in the summer, and can be signed on a free transfer.
The defender has clocked up 128 outings for Torino, having moved to Italy from France where he played for Marseille, Lyon and Monaco. During his time at Marseille, he played under Marcelo Bielsa – who won 21 of his 41 matches in charge at Marseille.
Bielsa only spent a season with the Ligue 1 side, but clearly he left a lasting impression – and perhaps, so did N’Koulou. CalcioMercato claim Leeds want to sign N’Koulou this summer, a player that can play at centre-back or in midfield.
The Whites do have options at centre-back, with Robin Koch and Gaetano Berardi returning to provide competition for Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente and Pascal Struijk. But Berardi is out of contract this summer, and clearly, they are prone to injuries.
Leeds supporters responded on Twitter to the news that Bielsa could look to form a reunion with N’Koulou on a free transfer.
Feels like agent talk, but I can’t deny I’d be happy with an experienced bench warming defender.
– CB injuries/ can step in
– Cheaper experience
– Hoped Bera would play this role
– Possibly help u23s. e.g. Cresswell
— Sam (@samuelsibeko) February 26, 2021
If Mr Bielsa wants wingers, we complain that we have too many and as usual he's proved right, so if he wants defenders who are we to argue. He operates on a different level to us mere mortals
— Deanoooh 50 Shades of Ray (@deanoooh2020) February 25, 2021
Phil hay said we want a back up dm but not someone who will be pushing to start Could be perfect he’s experienced as well and played under mb!
— Alex (@Alexcooper173) February 25, 2021
Whatever Don Marcelo says. 🙌🏾
— Howie Bellafonté (@HowieBellafonte) February 25, 2021
Good move need competition 🕵️👍
— Rob (@Rob94247840) February 25, 2021