Bielsa unhappy with Australia tour
There could be a row brewing at Leeds ahead of the new Championship season.
That’s what’s being reported by Football Insider at least, a site that’s been remarkably on the money with Leeds stories so far this summer.
They claim that manager Marcelo Bielsa isn’t happy about the imminent pre-season tour to Australia, where Leeds will play Man United and Western Sydney Wanderers.
Apparently, Bielsa is at “loggerheads” with the club and would rather he and his players stayed and trained at Thorp Arch.
A follow-up report claims he’s going to leave new signings, including Helder Costa and Ben White, and players that reported back late from international duty out of the tour.
We’re not sure how well that will go down with Andrea Radrizzani, who has clear commercial interests in a successful tour Down Under.
What’s best for the club though is what fans are concerned about and while a game against Man United is an exciting prospect, there’s no doubt that a trip like this 15 days before the start of the season isn’t optimal. However, neither is splitting the players up when they should be training together.
Bielsa signed a new contract in the full knowledge that Leeds were committed to a tour of Australia, but that doesn’t mean he’s not annoyed at the chunk it’s going to take out of pre-season, and the amount of time it will take players to get back to full fitness.
It’s all a bit of a mess but we fully expect Bielsa to be on the plane, along with Kalvin Phillips and the majority of the Leeds first team. If Costa, White, Alioski, Klich and Shackleton are on the plane too, it will look like Bielsa has bowed down to commercial pressures.
We hope they are. We think that keeping the whole squad together will be better for the team going forward and that’s without getting into the question of fans who have paid a lot of money to go over there to see the new Leeds stars in action.