Despite operating with one of the smallest playing squads in the Championship, it has not stopped Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa orchestrating a very real challenge for automatic promotion to the Premier League, with only seven matches of this season remaining.
With Leeds flying high, Bielsa is starting to look to the future, with Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke a potential target in the summer according to The Times.
A new defensive recruit at Elland Road though, does not bode well for current squad player Aapo Halme, who has had very limited game-time under Bielsa this season.
So should Halme be concerned over Leeds’ links with Clarke?
“Yes and no.
“He still has a lot to learn, and I don’t think he is ready for consistent first team football yet.
“Leeds will be looking for players to improve the side immediately, and Halme is still considered one for the future.
“Despite him potentially thinking otherwise.”
“He should, but I don’t think he is good enough.
“At 22, Clarke is one of the most exciting defensive prospects in the Football League and Leeds should definitely go for him.
“I do not think Bielsa is convinced by Halme either.”
“He shouldn’t be too concerned, he just needs to keep doing what he’s doing.
“Leeds are a centre-back short anyway, and it certainly shouldn’t be on Halme to be fourth choice.
“If he can carry on progressing the way he is and get a loan spell under his belt, he will be fine.”