Leeds United have never been closer to the Premier League in the last 16 years than they are right now. 

And while promotion is obviously the end goal for this season, in many respects, it will actually only represent the first step on the Whites’ journey under Marcelo Bielsa.

Once they are up, it will take plenty of hard work and cunning in the transfer market to ensure the Argentine has the necessary tools at his disposal to help us stay in, and eventually climb up, the table.

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For the most part, recruitment has been solid this season, with the likes of Ben White and Jack Harrison making really positive impacts on the first team.

And Paul Merson has no concerns about the Whites being able to replicate some of that success in the market over the coming months too.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “People will want to play for Leeds, it’s a big football club with great support.

“I don’t worry about them if they get up and try to get players to play for Leeds.

“Sometimes teams get up and you think, ‘Who’s going to go there? And, who’s going to go to that club?’. But I don’t see that with them.

“I think they’ll be able to bring in quality players.”

And Merson’s optimism will be pleasing to hear for Leeds fans, largely because we all know that he’s right.

For one thing, Leeds have more history and status than the vast majority of sides who have established themselves in the Premier League in recent years.

Moreover, in Bielsa, we have one of the most respected managers in world football with a reputation that precedes him.

Even Pep Guardiola regards him as the best there is – who wouldn’t want to play for a manager like that?

Merson is right, Leeds shouldn’t have any issues attracting the right kind of talent this summer.

In other Leeds United news, here’s why Gaetano Berardi was hooked off at half-time versus Luton.


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