Good Morning. It's Wednesday 24th November, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Club rebuff claims Diego Martínez being lined up to replace Marcelo Bielsa
The Daily Express have reported that Leeds have drawn up a short list of three Managerial candidates prompting speculation that this will be Marcelo Bielsa's last season at Elland Road. The Argentine, now 66, joined the Whites in 2018, and has been a massive hit both on and off the pitch. Whilst nobody wants to see him go, we should recognise that this is the longest he has stayed at any club since his opening role at Newell's Old boys back in 1980.
We have been told that should we survive the season, Radrizzani plans sweeping changes on the pitch,is Bielsa the man to see through that longer term transition? Diego Martínez is certainly a strong contender for the Elland Road hot seat, so much so that recent media reports suggest that Leeds Director of Football Victor Orta has already spoken to the former Grenada Coach about the role. These suggestion have however been rebuffed as 'Absolutely not true' by Leeds United's Head of Communications on Twitter.
Whilst the club are not actively looking for replacements for Marcelo Bielsa, should we have one eye on the future? Is Diego Martínez the kind of candidate you would like to see replace Marcelo Bielsa when the Argentine finally decides to call time on his spell at Elland Road?
Could Ross Barkley be the missing piece of the jigsaw
Forgotten Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has once again been linked to a January move to West Yorkshire. The 27yo former England playmaker enjoyed a short loan spell at Elland Road back in 2013, and if media reports are to be believed, he may be back, this time for good.
Having not strengthened in the middle of the park in the Summer has hit Leeds hard this season, fortunately (touch wood) it looks like Adam Forshaw's two-year lay off has finally come to an end, and is showing signs of settling in to Premiership life well.
Do Leeds need a new midfielder in January, or can they wait until the Summer? If they can't wait, is Barkley the right signing? Would you see him as a long term fixture?
Is the forthcoming Brighton game a must not lose?
Leeds loss in North London last weekend sent them tittering back on the edge of the drop zone, two points clear of Burnley. Their festive plight consists of trips to Stamford Bridge, The Etihad and Anfield, as well as a home fixture against Arsenal; surely Christmas looks bleak at LS11!
Recently we have seen back to back wins for Norwich, Watford beat Manchester Utd, Burnley drew at Leicester and Chelsea before beating Brentford. Even Villa got back to winning ways last weekend with Steven Gerard at the helm. Leeds face a trip down to the seaside (Brighton) this weekend, followed by home games against in form Crystal Palace then Brentford.
How important is it that Leeds don't lose on Saturday?