It must be tempting to look at Leeds United and wonder where it’s all going wrong at the moment.
Promoted to the Premier League, safely in mid-table in the first season back, and with a manager and director of football the fans adore.
Barry Fry has looked at this and come up with a way to improve things.
Talking to Football FanCast he said, “The only thing wrong with Leeds United is they haven’t got strength in depth.
“And I think if I was the owner there, or if I was the director of football there, I’d be saying, you know, ‘we’ve got to help him [Bielsa] by giving him a few more quality players to give him the squad that he needs, not only to survive in the Premier League, but make an impact on the Premier League’.”
Fry is deluded
Brilliant. So Fry’s solution to a problem that doesn’t exist is to buy some more players.
This is the problem in football and it’s why so many clubs collapse.
Leeds spent over £100m in the summer but the thinking it was that it was conservative, wise spending. Evolution not revolution.
There’s no suggestion that Bielsa won’t have more money to spend this summer to strengthen his squad.
And there’s never been a suggestion that he’s ever wanted more than the board will give him.
By next season, we’ll have added another 4-5 players, and we’ll have youngsters like Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood banging on the first-team door.
What people like Fry are seeing is a club that’s being run responsibly and highly successfully.
This is what Fry with all his years of experience should be saying. Instead, he’s saying Bielsa needs to keep buying players.
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