Stuart Dallas has told TalkSPORT that he is desperate to see Marcelo Bielsa sign a new contract as Leeds United manager and remain at the club for a “few years yet”, after the Argentine masterminded a 2-1 win over league leaders Manchester City.
Leeds somehow secured a memorable victory on Saturday despite going down to 10 men inside the first half, when captain Liam Cooper’s tackle was judged reckless. Initially getting the ball, his follow through caught Gabriel Jesus high up his leg.
Leeds were winning 1-0 thanks to Dallas, who had opened the scoring with a right-footed first-time shot. Ferran Torres equalised but in injury time, a brilliant pass from Gjanni Alioski found an on-rushing Dallas who made it 2-1 at The Etihad.
A near-impossible result that saw Leeds climb into ninth place in the table momentarily. Speaking on Monday to TalkSPORT, Dallas was quizzed regarding Bielsa’s future and the Northern Irishman stated he is desperate to see Bielsa remain.
“We’re all hoping that he stays,” Dallas said. “What he’s done for us as individuals is incredible. The core of our squad was a mid-table Championship team three years ago and now we’re a mid-table Premier League team.
“It’s been incredible and the changes he’s made throughout the club has been phenomenal. Hats off to the hierarchy of the club and hopefully he’s here for another few years yet,” Dallas added, amid reports from La Nacion stating a two-year deal is close.
TBR’s view – Leeds need Bielsa, but does Bielsa now need Leeds?
It is a talking point that has been raised by some pundits before. Bielsa is one of the best coaches in the world, his philosophy is unrivalled. But could he go to a club that matches his calibre? No, because they would hardly buy into his demands.
The constant work rate, their endless hours, the sleeping at the training ground. Leeds and Bielsa are the perfect fit because the players have bought into what Bielsa offers – rather than being too big-headed, and going against his desires.
Bielsa needs Leeds, because the potential with the Argentine at the helm is enormous. He could take them into Europe. But he would hardly be able to do it with a different team…