Back up to second in the Championship, the Leeds train is still going full steam ahead with Marcelo Bielsa as their “conductor”.
The Argentine manager is working wonders at Elland Road since taking over in the summer, leading them to 10 wins in their first 19 games, scoring 32 goals along the way, and it seems not a week goes by these days without an ex-player commenting on his methods.
The latest is Rominigue Kouamé, currently loaned out to Paris FC in Ligue 2, whom Bielsa gave his Lille debut during his time in the north of France.
The central midfielder was used as a left-back by the now-Leeds manager, and he explained to Le Parisien in an interview the reasoning behind this strange decision.
He said: “With Bielsa, you need to be versatile. He doesn’t really care about ‘positions’. People think he’s crazy, but he was really nice with me. He taught me a lot, especially in how to position myself on the pitch.”
Unfortunately for Kouamé, his start to the season in Ligue 1 came to an early stop when he injured his shoulder after clashing with Fabinho, requiring surgery that ultimately ended his season.
The arrival of Christophe Galtier this season meant players were actually used in their natural positions, and competition in midfield led to the loan move to Paris FC for the 21-year-old, who hopes to follow in his ‘brother’s footsteps’, referring to Yves Bissouma, now at Brighton in the Premier League.
Maybe he’ll get there via a spell at Leeds, since Bielsa seems to like him, and before you say anything, no, we’re not trying to start a rumour.