By Adefunmiloye Alani

24th Nov, 2021 | 7:40pm

Marcelo Bielsa under increasing pressure to make decision on Leeds future

Leeds United bosses want to know what Marcelo Bielsa’s intentions are as soon as possible ahead of summer, according to the Daily Star.

The Argentine is under increasing pressure to decide on his future at Elland Road, and the club want an answer now as opposed to waiting till the end of the season.

Director of Football Victor Orta has held talks with Bielsa to let him know Leeds are not prepared to wait for as long as usual before finding out if he wants to sign a new deal.

The Whites chief has now drawn up a shortlist of three potential replacements should the head coach leave.

While the Yorkshire outfit are desperate to keep Bielsa for another season at least, they fear the uncertainty surrounding him is becoming unsettling for the players.

Understandable

Leeds’ patience appears to be wearing thin over the rolling contract their head coach keeps signing, and they are right to demand an answer over his immediate plans.

The season has not gone as expected, with just two wins picked up after 12 Premier League games, and with the club just a place and two points above relegation, the board will not be feeling too confident.

Injuries have affected their chances, but Bielsa hardly has all his players available at once, and they cannot bank on having the key ones present all season.

It remains to be seen whether they will be strengthening the squad in January as the boss is not a fan of the winter transfer window, and not many will feel confident about him spending a fifth campaign with the club.

Leeds fans would want to have him for as long as possible, but the decision-makers could start feeling otherwise with a relegation battle looming.

Dropping down to the Championship will be a huge blow, and if they manage to hold on to their top-flight status come summer, they will want to know what is next regarding their dugout staff.

In other Leeds United news, a major update on Whites January bid to sign attacker has been provided, with pen-to-paper imminent.