In among the excitement at Leeds United signing Rodrigo and Robin Koch, and an ongoing chase for Rodrigo de Paul and another centre-back, one fact remains – Marcelo Bielsa still hasn’t signed a new contract.
His old contract expired at the end of last season and he’s effectively working for free at the moment.
However, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth has moved to calm fans’ fears by saying that Bielsa will be on the touchline at Anfield.
Smyth said that it would help if Bielsa would put his signature on paper on what he called the “signing of the summer”.
However, he added, “There are no question marks over his commitment, none whatsoever but peace of mind is a rare commodity at a club where ‘Leeds, that’ has become a coverall for a multitude of worst-case scenarios that actually came true.
“He’s devoted to making Leeds United players better and improving the team and when they travel to Anfield on September 12 he and his padded blue bucket will be there.”
Leeds fans have almost accepted that this is the way that Bielsa works.
Fans of other football clubs would be in bits at the moment – just over a week to go and, on paper at least, no manager to go into a new Premier League campaign.
Leeds fans were calmed after their club spent £40m on Rodrigo and Robin Koch, and Smyth points out that Bielsa has been ‘remote coaching’ Koch while he’s on international duty.
However, the contract has been held up by what have been dubbed “details” for weeks now and surely it’s time to get it sorted.
If the details are small, then let’s just cross the Ts and dot the Is and move on.
Athletic journalist Phil Hay admitted that the situation is “unusual”.
I know it's unusual. If what we're being told is correct (and I've no reason to doubt that it is) then it's just a case of him crossing t's and dotting i's very slowly. The club have been saying for weeks that they're essentially in agreement.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 3, 2020
MOT Leeds News columnist Paul Robinson also thinks that Bielsa will be the “biggest signing Leeds will make this summer”.
However, he also said to MOT Leeds News that until the contract is signed, there “will always be a worry”.
We love the fact that Bielsa is unique and we wouldn’t have him any other way. We love the fact that fans of other sides can’t understand what’s going on with the contract.
However, we’ve had our fill of fun – we just really want it done now. And if he is going to be on his blue bucket at Anfield a week on Saturday, he will surely have to have his contract in place and signed then.
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