By Neil Champney

6th Jun, 2020 | 9:38pm

Former Leeds player claims he 'would have liked to work' with Bielsa more than he did

Former Leeds United player Oliver Sarkic has admitted that he would have liked to work with manager Marcelo Bielsa more than he did during his time at Elland Road.

The 22-year-old signed for the Whites from Benfica in 2017, but struggled to make much of an impact in Yorkshire, and was sold to Burton Albion at the beginning of this season.

Since then he has been involved in 15 goals in all competitions – scoring five and assisting 10.

And now the striker has opened up on his failure to break into the first team at Elland Road.

Speaking to Walfoot, he said: “Everything started very well, I had a good season with the U23s, a new coach arrived. And then again, I suffered a big injury.

“Marcelo Bielsa arrived and at that time, at the beginning, it was a question that I would integrate with the first-team, but I was not physically ready yet.

“I did two training sessions with Bielsa, but he didn’t really know me, I think.

“I just saw that his methods were very different from what I could know, very strict. He’s a great coach, I really would have liked to work with him.”

It’s always a shame to see a player struggle at a club, but things just weren’t meant to be for Sarkic at Leeds.

The forward clearly has pedigree, having played for the likes of Anderlecht and Benfica during his youth career, but it was always going to be a big ask for him to break through into the first team.

That will have been doubly true when Bielsa took over.

The Argentine tends to only play one striker up top, and has stuck by Patrick Bamford through thick and thin during his first two seasons at Elland Road.

For his part, Sarkic is doing well enough at Burton, and seems to have find his level.

His time at Leeds will be quickly forgotten, but best of look to him.

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