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Should Bielsa use his Guardiola relationship to strike loan deal for Sandler?

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Should Bielsa use his Guardiola relationship to strike loan deal for Sandler?

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has a strong relationship with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

And he can use that to his advantage in the January transfer window.

Leeds still need a few fresh faces in the winter window to ensure they are well equipped to mount a serious promotion bid.

And one area that needs addressing is centre-back. The first-choice pairing of Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper is strong.

However, they are one injury away from resorting to using Gaetano Berardi as a starting centre-half.

Bielsa should ask Guardiola if he can take young Philippe Sandler on a half-season loan.


This move would work for all parties and prepare Sandler for life at Man City.

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The 21-year-old joined Man City from PEC Zwolle in the summer transfer window and has only just recovered from injury.

He is training with the first-team but there are plenty of solid defenders blocking his route to the first-team.

Joining Leeds on loan until the end of the season would benefit the 6ft 2in centre-back and teach him about football in England.

Moreover, the Netherlands youth international would be able to play the ball out from the back, which both Bielsa and Guardiola strongly believe in.

Having signed Jack Harrison from Man City in the summer, Leeds should follow it up and bolster their defence with the loan addition of Sandler.

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