One year ago, Leeds United were being linked with a shock transfer. As reported by El Gol Digital, Victor Orta was hopeful of bringing Mexico international Andres Guardado to the club in a £5.2 million deal.
It came after a mixed start to the season for the player at his new club Real Betis. However, he soon found his best form and Leeds were left in an unlikely transfer pursuit.
But now, 12 months on, would Leeds have a better chance of signing the 32-year-old Mexican?
There is one simple reason to suggest so … Marcelo Bielsa.
Guardado, who can play in a number of positions, would no doubt relish the chance to play under ‘El Loco’. He nearly did, with Bielsa the initial first-choice to take over as Mexico coach in the summer, before he took the Leeds job.
After beginning the season as the Betis captain he has recently fallen out of favour. A sub for the last two Europa League games he limped out of action in their latest La Liga game, leaving some fed up with his niggling injury record.
Whilst his age may be a concern, Leeds fans can vouch class is permanent by looking at Pablo Hernandez. Guardado, who has 151 caps and is the current captain for Mexico, would be a magnificent addition to the Leeds squad. With Bielsa now at the helm, it looks far more likely than it did 12 months ago.