Marcelo Bielsa has paid a pretty big compliment to Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore by suggesting that his Leeds side might have double up on the Spain international – during his pre-match press conference, as per Leeds Live.
Leeds travel to the Midlands ahead of Friday night’s Premier League clash, their 24th of the season, as they look to leapfrog Arsenal and move back into the top half of the table. However, they will be without Kalvin Phillips.
The Whites will also be missing Ian Poveda, Robin Koch and Rodrigo – though Diego Llorente and Gaetano Berardi are back in training. They come up against a Wolves side who have improved slightly in the Premier League.
Draws with Chelsea and Leicester and wins over Arsenal and Southampton have come in the last five Premier League matches – and Leeds boss Bielsa is wary of Traore, who has started in the four aforementioned matches for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.
“It’s better to follow the man than leave him to a team-mate,” Bielsa said. “I believe, fundamentally, Traore likes to play out wide on the wings. If he dominates the ball on his side he’s difficult to start, so whoever’s marking him will need some support.”
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So to be told that his side need to double up on you, in order to prevent you from proving effective, is a massive compliment from the Argentine manager. Indeed, Leeds have been linked with a move for Traore in recent reports.
Eurosport claimed Leeds will make a summer offer for the £40million-rated wide man (90Min). Given that Bielsa has recognised his talent, surely the reports could ring true – especially if he impresses come Friday night against the Whites.