Carlton Palmer believes Marcelo Bielsa will make summer budget request to Leeds board

Carlton Palmer is adamant Marcelo Bielsa will want a healthy transfer budget in order to push Leeds United on next season.

Leeds finished ninth in the 2020/21 Premier League campaign on their return to the top-flight after a 16-year absence.

Bielsa’s side were only three points behind Tottenham Hotspur who took the final European spot while West Ham claimed the last Europa League berth just six points ahead of the Whites.

However, former Leeds midfielder Palmer believes Bielsa will be eyeing some reinforcements to kick on again.

He told Football FanCast: “If Bielsa’s there next season, I’m sure he’ll be asking for funds to push for, you know, top seven, top-eight finish next season.”

Next level

We don’t think Bielsa would make urgent requests to the board to settle for eighth spot in the Premier League next season.

Last season’s standing was a brilliant achievement considering our status as a newly-promoted side, but it confirmed what many of us already knew – we have some top talents at the club, aided by one of the world’s best managers.

Of course, there were a few question marks over whether players like Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling could make the step up to the top-tier, but they’ve done so in spectacular fashion, establishing themselves among the elite in their respective positions.

We suffered somewhat of a mid-season lull, however, explained by a number of injuries in key areas of the pitch.

Reinforcements will be required in midfield, particularly to cover for Kalvin Phillips, while depth is required in the attacking areas.

But with no European football to contend with next season, there is a real hope that we can trouble the top six spots, especially considering our results against the big sides last season.

A few Bielsa gems and we’ll be continuing our ascent up the table.

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