Marcelo Bielsa’s time at Lille was a poor one. Just six months in charge of the Ligue 1 club saw the Argentine boss take over in May 2017, before being sacked in November.
It was the manager’s last job, and now the former Argentina and Chile boss has been linked with a move to Championship side Leeds United, with BBC Sport confirming talks have taken place between the two parties.
If Bielsa is indeed interested in taking over from Paul Heckingbottom at Elland Road, he will need to begin drawing up shortlists on who to sign ahead of what needs to be a busy summer transfer window at Elland Road.
Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.
For those watching Leeds week in, week out, it is plain to see that a new goalkeeper is needed after the failure of Felix Wiedwald, who was brought to Elland Road by director of football Victor Orta.
The signing of the lofty German excited Leeds fans, after he had been Werder’s number one for their 2016-17 campaign in the Bundesliga. Fast forward a year, and he could not have disappointed between the sticks more.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell has performed admirably since being given the nod by Heckingbottom. But to end the Whites’ 14-year spell in the Championship, the club needs experience and know how.
It should convince Bielsa to make a move for Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, having worked with the 35-year-old Nigerian stopper during his tumultuous stay with the Ligue 1 outfit.
Enyeama has failed to feature for Lille throughout the entire 2017-18 campaign, including under Bielsa, with current Lille manager Christophe Galtier telling Goal.com that the reason for his omission is due to a fall out with the club’s owners.
With only a year remaining on his contract, 101-time Nigeria international Enyeama is expected to leave this summer and a reunion with Bielsa at Leeds would see the Whites solve their goalkeeper problem and give themselves the best chance of shutting out opponents next season.