''Is Marcelo Bielsa Up There? Yes, Of Course” - Leeds United Boss Compared To Mauricio Pochettino And Jurgen Klopp
Is this the season Leeds United finally end their staggering 15-year exile from the Premier League?
If the Championship table is the same in May, as it is now, then 2nd-placed Leeds will be heading up to the Promised Land.
However, there’s a small problem, as the second-tier still has 10/11 waves of fixtures left on the schedule, meaning there’s a feast of football left to be played.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, who is bidding to achieve what a shedload of Whites bosses have tried-and-failed to accomplish since 2004, will no doubt have banned the P word around the club, that is until promotion is actually secured.
The Argentine, a shock appointment last summer, has enjoyed a cracking season to date, earning praise for the way in which he’s transformed Leeds into concrete automatic promotion contenders, and even title challengers - his troops are currently just two points off top spot.
The veteran gaffer has previously inspired the likes of Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone and Mauricio Pochettino, who have in turn propelled into the top bracket of managers working in the game today.
When asked what makes a top manager, Sky Sports pundit Ryan Mason - speaking on The Debate show - believes that Bielsa’s impact at Leeds so far this season puts him on par with the likes of Pochettino, and Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp.
"Every circumstance is different. You look at Zinedine Zidane, he’s gone in at Real Madrid, won three Champions Leagues in a row, and you get that recognition of being the best in the world," said Mason.
“You think of Klopp, Pochettino, these guys have gone into the club and completely transferred the whole football club. They’re in that bracket as well for totally different reasons.
"Is Bielsa up there? Yes, of course, it’s incredible, he’s in the Championship with Leeds but from the outside looking at it the change in that football club is incredible."
Leeds, who have won three of their last four games, travel to promotion rivals Bristol City on Saturday, then face Reading away in the week, before a huge game against Sheffield United next weekend.