By Kealan Hughes

5th Mar, 2021 | 5:00pm

Emile Heskey: Bielsa trusts Leeds target Nicolas Nkoulou

Leeds United have been linked with a move for Torino’s Nicolas Nkoulou and Emile Heskey says he could be a good signing.

Per Tuttosport, the centre-back’s entourage are considering an offer from the Whites, with Manchester United also said to be interested.

Nkoulou has a history with Marcelo Bielsa having played under him at Marseille, and Sky Sports pundit Heskey believes that may be why the Leeds boss is interested.

“A Bielsa type of player; someone who, if you put him man for man, he knows he can dominate,” Heskey told HITC.

“He knows that nine times out of ten, he’s going to win his battles. He knows what his job is.

“The fact that he’s a player who Bielsa knows, that’s probably why he’s going to him. Someone he can trust.”

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Fitting the transfer strategy

There are some advantages to signing Nkoulou; he can be signed on a free and he has vast experience at the top level.

The fact Bielsa knows his game could also be useful, but it is not imperative.

After all, our squad that won promotion last season was made up of players who had never worked under the Argentine before.

It did not take them long to get used to his methods.

Moreover, Bielsa has signed obscure players who have hit the ground running, such as Raphinha and Illan Meslier.

The transfer strategy in place now ensures players with the right quality and character are brought in, regardless of their career history.

As a result, Bielsa likely trusts every player that comes through the door at Elland Road.

Nkoulou should be judged on his qualities on and off the pitch, not the fact he played for the Whites manager a few years ago.

If Bielsa is keen to reunite with the defender then we are all for it, but we must do our due diligence first.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has offered an update on the futures of three ‘vulnerable’ Whites.