By Pranav Shahaney

14th Feb, 2022 | 9:07pm

Phil Hay shares why Leeds United did not sign midfielder for Marcelo Bielsa

Phil Hay claims that Leeds United did not sign a central midfielder for Marcelo Bielsa in January as it would raise doubts over his handling of the team.

The Whites were chasing an attacking midfielder all window, but to no avail.

RB Salzburg’s Brenden Aaronson appeared to be their primary target, but despite multiple bids, they failed to get his services over the line.

Speaking about why Leeds did not give Bielsa a central midfielder to work with on a makeshift basis in January, Hay said, on the Athletic Football Podcast:

“I don’t think you can do that (buy a player for Bielsa).

“Because what it’s saying is that ‘We’re starting to lose a bit of faith in what’s going on here and we think you need more’.

“I think that leads to a slippery slope and Bielsa and Leeds thought that their team was good enough to avoid relegation.”

Doesn’t make sense

Signing a new midfielder for Bielsa does not mean that the club are losing faith in him.

It means that they’re trusting their recruitment to rope in a player that adds value to the first team.

No manager gets his first choice every time and if Leeds didn’t sign Aaronson, that should not be the end of their January transfer activity.

There are hundreds of central midfielders they could’ve signed for that much who would’ve offered Bielsa an extra body and given him a bit of a selection dilemma in midfield.

However, as it happened in the summer, they failed to get a central midfielder over the line and the effects of that are already being seen.

It remains to be seen if he stays on beyond this season and who the man to join is, if anyone, in the summer.

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