Marcelo Bielsa says current Leeds United stars would have been good enough for his Marseille and Bilbao teams
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Marcelo Bielsa says current Leeds United stars would have been good enough for his Marseille and Bilbao teams

Leeds United are on the cusp of promotion to the Premier League and know that a win at Reading tonight will see them take a big step closer.

The Whites will return to the Championship’s summit if they defeat the Royals and the incentive is massive.

Marcelo Bielsa has overseen a revival in fortunes following last season’s disappointing 13th-place finish.

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The boss has told the Yorkshire Evening Post just how good he thinks his current crop are.

His comparison will shock some people and he clearly believes he has a top-class group of players at his disposal.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I haven’t analysed the Premier League so I can’t compare just yet.

“But I can tell you that any player who plays for Leeds now could play in the two European teams I trained for some time, Marseille and Bilbao. I know those teams so I can compare.”

Premier League comparison

Of the current Leeds crop only Patrick Bamford, Adam Forshaw and Pablo Hernandez have played in the Premier League, whilst Kiko Casilla and Pontus Jansson have featured in the top-flights in Spain and Italy respectively.

These comments offer hope, however, that Leeds can follow suit with Wolves.

The West Midlanders romped to the Championship title last season and Sunday’s draw with Chelsea saw them enhance their European credentials.

Under Bielsa, there is hope that he could make the Whites competitive in the Premier League for certain.

His style of man-management isn’t too dissimilar to that of Nuno Espirito Santo at Molineux.

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Leeds will probably need a couple of additions who boast genuine class but then that’s a given following promotion to the Premier League.

With a manager as meticulous as the one in place at Leeds, you wouldn’t back against them doing great things in the top flight.

The fanbase and infrastructure are already in place and signing for the Whites is still a big attraction for players.

Under the management of Bielsa, anything is possible.

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