Marcelo Bielsa has been sending Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford video clips of Erling Haaland to learn from.
The Dortmund striker is one of the most explosive in the world at the moment and he’s scored 17 goals in 14 games across all competitions so far this season.
That includes six in four Champions League games.
Bamford was talking in an interview with The Athletic when he made the revelation that Bielsa is well aware of Haaland and wants Bamford to emulate the 20-year-old.
Talking about how Bielsa is trying to improve him Bamford said, “There’s a fair amount done at the training ground.
“On a general week, we’ll have before the matchday three to four meetings. On the matchday, there are several meetings with individuals.
“And during the week you get sent things. Sometimes I get clips of defenders that I’m going to be playing against.
“Two weeks ago I had probably two or three videos sent every day of Erling Haaland, 15-minute videos each one. I had to watch them and see what I could pick out from them.”
Asked what he picked up from them Bamford said, “One of the things I think I can work on is the explosiveness of my runs. That’s something, it doesn’t just happen overnight, there are things that Marcelo has worked with me that have taken six months. There are always things to be learned and he’s always sending me clips.”
Leeds United fans know all about Haaland and still hold out hopes that he might sign for them one day.
Leeds tried to sign him ahead of his move to RB Salzburg in January 2019, according to Phil Hay, and there was actually a degree of confidence that he would become a Leeds player before the Austrian club blew them out the water.
He’s the son of former Leeds player Alf-Inge and had said previously that his dream was to win the Premier League with Leeds.
That might have been a while ago but Leeds fans hope that there’s still a link to the city he was born in.
Leeds might well have to be able to offer Champions League football to attract Haaland back to the city but that’s all part of a long-term plan from Andrea Radrizzani.
And it’s obvious that Bielsa holds Haaland in very high esteem.
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