By Nick Ware

22nd Jun, 2021 | 5:10pm

Leeds United defender Oliver Casey opens up on Marcelo Bielsa ahead of summer exit

Leeds United defender Oliver Casey has reflected on his “crazy” two years under Marcelo Bielsa ahead of his summer exit to Blackpool.

The 20-year-old will join the League One play-off winners on July 1, as confirmed by the official Leeds United club website.

Casey joined the Whites at Under-11 level and rose through the ranks before making three first-team appearances, all of which came under Bielsa.

Speaking to BBC Lancashire Sport [22/06/21], in quotes relayed by BBC journalist Adam Pope on his personal Twitter profile, Casey reviewed his time under ‘El Loco’ over the past couple of years.

“I don’t think there’s any better preparation you can get than working with Marcelo,” he said.

“It’s been a crazy two years with him but I’ve loved every minute. It’s got me to the point where I am now.”

El Loco leaves his mark

It wouldn’t be a Whites exit without the player saying how Bielsa has left an indelible mark on them.

Bielsa’s character is such that every player that comes into contact with him is left feeling like a different person.

It’s unfortunate that Casey has chosen to pursue opportunities elsewhere, but his position, as a central defender, makes it very difficult for him to see a pathway to the first team in the near future.

Robin Koch and Diego Llorente are seasoned international defenders for Germany and Spain respectively and both were bought for decent sums last year, while Liam Cooper remains the club captain.

Pascal Struijk also impressed last season and, at a similar age, is way ahead in the pecking order.

But the main thing is that, even if we cannot integrate our young stars fully into the first-team set-up, they should leave the club as better individuals, as people and as footballers.

It looks like Casey believes he has achieved that, and it’s credit to himself, the youth staff and Bielsa, who looks to have made an impression on the youngster.

In other Leeds United news, Clive Tyldesley slammed this ‘Gulity’ Whites star on Monday.