Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Leeds

Bielsa has stuck steadfastly to his offensive game plan in the face of heavy criticism following his side’s recent 6-2 defeat at Manchester United.

He has been rewarded though with back-to-back wins and two clean sheets against Burnley and West Brom, but acknowledged Leeds, who have not won in the capital in over three years, face a step up in class.

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham are set to be without Giovani Lo Celso and Gareth Bale – the Welshman was withdrawn in their EFL Cup tie at Stoke last week after picking up an injury.

Leeds meanwhile remain without their captain, Liam Cooper, who is still suffering from the abdominal issue that kept him out of their win over Burnley.

Bielsa is also missing long term absentee Robin Koch with a knee injury, and Mateusz Klich picked up a knock in midweek, so is touch and go.

Spurs against Leeds is the lunchtime game on Saturday with kick off at 1230.

Blades’ Chris Basham Excited for Leeds United Test

18 months ago, Basham scored the only goal of the game as the Blades beat Leeds in a vital game in the Championship, when both teams were fighting for automatic promotion.

The defender’s strike ensured Chris Wilder’s side leapfrogged the Whites, and a late-season capitulation from Marcelo Bielsa’s squad ensured only one Yorkshire side went up that year, with Norwich clinching the title.

Speaking about the game, Basham said: “Yorkshire derby, we have seen how good Leeds have been since they have come into the Premier League. So, it is a big game for us and it is an opportunity for us to take in a Yorkshire derby. And obviously I have been there and hopefully I can do what I did last time.”

Leeds will likely start as favourites for the game, having scored seven goals in their first two Premier League game. Meanwhile, Chris Wilder will be hoping for a late birthday present in the form of a goal, having not seen his side hit the back of the net in the top flight yet this season.

Leeds United secure Rodrigo signing from Valencia

Spanish forward Rodrigo Moreno, who had a spell in England with Bolton Wanderers as a 19-year-old ten years ago, is set to join Marcelo Bielsa’s side for a fee believed to be in the region €30m.

The fee eclipses the one that the Whites paid West Ham United for Rio Ferdinand way back in 2000, breaking a 20-year transfer record.

Rodrigo has blossomed into one of Spain’s top strikers in recent years and is a regular Spanish international, but finds himself surplus to requirements at Valencia, who are having a large-scale clearout of some of their established stars.

This is good news for Leeds, who have moved quickly to get the forward, who has scored 35 goals in 141 league games for the Spanish side.

Valencia CF confirmed the news on their Twitter page: https://twitter.com/valenciacf/status/1298375058746990592?s=20

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Brighton’s Ben White not going to Leeds United

The Brighton defender had a superb loan spell at Elland Road last season, playing every minute of every game as Leeds won the Sky Bet Championship to be promoted to the Premier League.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa wanted the 22-year-old to return to Yorkshire this season, but Brighton have refused to discuss a deal.

“Unfortunately for the Leeds fans, Ben is just not going to be coming to Leeds,” White’s agent Alex Levack told Sky Sports.

“Brighton have categorically said there’s no way that they are going to sell to Leeds. Unfortunately, that’s the case.”

White has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in recent weeks and Levack suggested “to watch this space” over the ball-playing centre-half.

“Ben’s away up in Scotland with the Brighton team for pre-season, getting himself fit and around the team,” Levack said.

“But there’s a lot of conversations happening. I would say watch this space over the next few days.”