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Did Marcelo Bielsa not want Kyle Bartley at Leeds United?

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Did Marcelo Bielsa not want Kyle Bartley at Leeds United?

The former Leeds loanee has joined West Brom.

Some Leeds United fans were left disappointed today when it became clear that Kyle Bartley will not be heading back to Elland Road. The defender is instead on his way to West Brom, joining in a deal eventually worth up to £6 million.

It is something of a strange transfer miss from Leeds, considering they looked so likely to sign the player earlier this summer.

It was April when Leeds were first linked with his signature. That transfer link remained throughout several differing problems. Swansea were relegated, but Leeds remained keen. Carlos Carvalhal left Swansea, but a deal still looked likely. Leeds sacked Paul Heckingbottom but Bartley still appeared to be a Leeds target.

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The rumours only dried up after Marcelo Bielsa was appointed.


So it would be reasonable to hypothesize that Bielsa might be the man who decided Bartley was no longer right for Leeds.

A star for the club in 2016-17 he had an injury-troubled spell last term. But it could simply be that Bielsa is not a fan. He and Victor Orta may already have their eyes on someone else.

Leeds fans are rightly a cautious bunch, considering the turmoil their owners have put them through in the past. But this summer some patience and trust might be needed if Bielsa is to bring any success to Elland Road.

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  1. Robert

    July 16, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Where is the evidence that the manager is pulling the strings, not Orta? It seems the club do not want to appoint a manager or head coach who does want influence on transfer targets. Loans are only a part of a successful Championship team. To challenge for a play off place under whatever system any manager plays, we need tried and tested goal scorers at this level or who will fit in at this level, good defenders who do not get red cards, midfielders who score goals and Graffe and cover for key positions. Leeds last season need a major overhaul, not tinkering at the edges. I have once again wasted my season ticket money. I will not make the same mistake next season whatever the promises that are made!

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