BT Sport pundit Don Hutchison has tried to take a swipe at Aston Villa by using Leeds United as an example – but has embarrassed himself in the process.
Leeds spent a lot of money after winning promotion from the Championship last season. Rodrigo became the Whites’ record-signing while Raphinha, Diego Llorente and Robin Koch were also brought in for eight-figure deals.
Illan Meslier and Helder Costa were also signed on permanent transfers, taking Leeds’ spend to around £100million [The Athletic].
However, according to former Scotland international Hutchison, Bielsa doesn’t have to spend £100million to be a good manager.
While we like his dig at Aston Villa manager Dean Smith, he’s got it horribly wrong.
“I don’t think he’s the type of manager to do what Villa have done and spend £100million or bring any flash signings in,” said Hutchison on YouTube.
“I think he will get good players in if he’s given a budget. But I don’t expect any superstars to come.
“I think that’s great for Leeds fans and they accept that.”
We kind of agree with the rest of what Hutchison has to say about there not being a need for any superstars being signed.
Exit-bound Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has already been linked with a move to Elland Road [90min] and that is one of those sorts of signings that Leeds simply won’t make.
Victor Orta has already shown what kind of signings he likes.
While Brexit is bound to have had an impact on the players that Orta can bring in, he’s still bound to plunge into the European market in order to add to the squad in the summer because there are far better deals out there.
Llorente, Koch, Rodrigo and Raphinha were prime examples of that last summer. Costa, the only player signed permanently from another English club, is the only one to really not impress.
Leeds do need a new left-back and maybe a couple of central midfielders in the summer, perhaps another striker too. We also know Bielsa loves a new winger.
Will we see a massive spend like we did last summer? We might. But you can guarantee that Villa will throw more money at players to pad out their one-man team that revolves around Jack Grealish.
In other Leeds United news, an ex-Leeds star has claimed this in-form player should be replaced in the summer.