Marcelo Bielsa has hinted that two of his current Leeds United crop are already capable of playing in the Premier League.
This week saw both Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas sign new long-term contracts at Elland Road following on from featuring heavily during the international break.
Cooper made his first two appearances for the Scotland senior set-up, clashing with top strikers Artem Dzyuba and Romelu Lukaku for Russia and Belgium respectively.
Dallas, meanwhile, was one of the best players on the pitch as Northern Ireland pushed Germany in an eventual 2-0 defeat.
Speaking to the YEP after yesterday’s 2-0 win over Barnsley, which took Leeds back to the top of the Championship, Bielsa suggested the international appearances highlight the duo’s readiness for the top-flight.
“Last match, Dallas played Germany. If you watch this match you will find an answer to your question.
“Cooper played against Belgium’s strikers. Russia as well. He left a clear message he can play against top-level players.”
It is quite incredible to think that Cooper and Dallas are now considered Premier League worthy by a manager of Bielsa’s calibre.
Before his arrival at Elland Road, both players were struggling for consistent form and were often the target of ire from the Leeds fans.
However, Bielsa has helped transform the pair and they are now playing perhaps the best football of their careers. Leeds fans will hope the duo can take the club back to the Premier League this season.