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Phil Hay reaffirms Marcelo Bielsa stance on Leeds United’s reported transfer target

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Links between Leeds United and Reading’s John Swift are growing as we head towards January and Marcelo Bielsa’s stance has been confirmed.

Leeds are in need of a midfielder as January looms, even with Adam Forshaw shining against Leicester City last week.

It’s a position that Leeds attempted to remedy in the summer, but failed on two fronts as Conor Gallagher and Lewis O’Brien chose different paths.

John Swift is a man gathering traction at the moment as his Reading form continues to draw attention.

Eight goals and seven assists in 17 appearances means he’s well on course for smashing his tally for his best haul in the Championship from midfield.

The Star have linked Leeds with a move, pipping Sheffield United in the process thanks to Premier League status, and he’s someone Marcelo Bielsa has liked the look of for some time.

He named the player back in February 2020 as someone he admired greatly, and now The Athletic’s Phil Hay has reiterated this stance of the Argentine.

Writing in the comments section of a recent piece, Hay stated:

“I can definitely see the value in signing a centre mid in the window, partly to help this season but partly to create one less job for the summer window (which will be far more active).

“Was interesting to see John Swift linked over the weekend because Swift is someone Bielsa quietly admires.”

This doesn’t mean that we’re going to sign him on January 1, but it also suggests Bielsa would be open to bringing him in.

While he’s a player that is still playing Championship football at 26, his current performance is befitting of a move to the top flight.

He fits exactly what we need in our team right now and Bielsa has stated in the past that he’s someone who contributes defensively very well too.

It would be a cheap deal and I’d be happy if we did managed to bring him in.

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