There aren’t many things that Marcelo Bielsa hasn’t seen during his tenure as Leeds United boss. 

Whether it be thrilling goal-fests, promotion battles, or soul-crushing play-off defeats, the Argentine has managed to pack a lot into his first two seasons at Elland Road.

But one thing the manager hasn’t witnessed during his time in England is his side scoring directly from a free-kick.

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The Whites haven’t netted straight from a set-piece since Pablo Hernandez managed the feat back in 2017/18.

But one of Bielsa’s reported transfer targets this summer would surely amend that record pretty quickly.

According to Football Insider, Leeds are keen on Liverpool winger Harry Wilson, who has spent the season on loan at Bournemouth.

The Wales international has a real eye for the spectacular, and has hit an impressive five free-kick goals over the past two seasons alone – two for the Cherries and three for Derby County last term.

And his talent for set-pieces could be a fantastic asset for Leeds if they can snap him up this summer.

The image above, courtesy of Wyscout, was taken just prior to Wilson scoring against Tottenham Hotspur back in November.

As you can see, the free-kick is in an ideal position for the winger, but it still takes a lot of skill to get the ball up and down from such a relatively close distance with a wall covering one side of the goal.

Wilson has no problem with that challenge, however, and is able to whip a fierce effort right into the top corner.

In fact, if you were to pick the ball up and put it in an ideal position by hand you would probably struggle to get the placement much better.

The keeper has no chance, and the power and precision on display make for a deadly combination.

That goal was no fluke though.

If his strike against Spurs was good, his free-kick against Manchester City back in August was sensational.

The audacity it takes to attempt a shot like this, from this distance, against a goalkeeper of Ederson’s calibre, is absolutely incredible.

To then execute it is world class.

As you can see above, the City stopper actually gets across very well, and can barely do any more to cover his top corner.

But the secret to Wilson’s success is that his strike dips at the very last moment.

Even a yard or two away from goal it is still far too high to actually go in, but lowers just in the nick of time – leaving Ederson with absolutely no chance.

If Leeds do decide to move for Wilson this summer, his prowess from dead ball situation’s would make him a thrilling, lethal weapon in Bielsa’s arsenal for an assault on the top flight.

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