Marcelo Bielsa is getting his business done early as Leeds United strengthen their ranks ahead of their Premier League return.
Leeds United (7/2 to be relegated – Premier League 2020-21) have wasted little time in strengthening their squad as they prepare for life back in the Premier League next season.
The Whites secured promotion to the top-flight after winning the Championship title in 2019-20, subsequently sealing a place in the Premier League for the first time since 2003-04.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men, who lost in the play-off semi-finals in 2018-19, don’t have long to get their business in order with the new campaign set to kick off on September 12.
Leeds are clearly keen to hit the ground running and have already made moves to bolster their options over the early stages of the off-season.
Striker Joe Geldhart put pen to paper on a contract with the West Yorkshire side on Monday, agreeing a switch from Wigan on a four-year deal, to offer Bielsa further depth in the forward line.
Geldhart admitted he had no hesitations in signing up and feels Leeds can help him to continue his development.
“When I heard Leeds were interested I was made up,” Gelhardt told Leeds’ official website.
“I like scoring goals and being creative and I’m not scared to take on an opponent, of course I’ve still got a lot to develop as a player, but Marcelo Bielsa is a great manager and hopefully I can develop under him.”
Meanwhile, Jack Harrison, who has spent the past two seasons on-loan at Elland Road from Manchester City, has agreed another season-long loan deal.
The winger has been a key figure under Bielsa and played every game as Leeds finished top of the pile last season.
Midfielder Mateusz Bogusz spent the majority of last term with the under-23s but, after signing a new three-year contract, will hope to push on for a spot in the first team in 2020-21.
Next season’s Premier League looks set to be a competitive one with West Brom (EVS to be relegated) and Fulham (5/6) also returning after just one season down in the second tier, and Leeds are expected to continue building over the coming weeks to ensure they have a fighting chance of surviving.