The key quotes from Marcelo Bielsa's pre-Newcastle United press conference
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Marcelo Bielsa spoke to the press as Leeds United host Newcastle United at Elland Road.

The Argentine speaking on a variety of issues, including the visitors, incorporating young players into the squad and the development of the club.

On Newcastle

The Magpies have been in the relegation zone all season, having picked up just one victory, but Bielsa is still wary of the threat the Tynesiders pose.

"With respect to the players they've brought in, they are positions that are very specific: right full-back and center forward. They're both center forwards, even if they have different characteristics.

"Those two signings from my point of view, because it is difficult to interpret the opponents and the coach, but from my point of view, they don't alter the way they play."

On the injury front

The Whites have been hit with injuries and COVID hard and the manager has had to get creative to find solutions for his short-handed squad.

"It's like for the game on the weekend we're going to count on Tyler Roberts and [Joe] Gelhardt, and Rodrigo Moreno. So the players out of position in that squad are going to be Patrick Bamford and [Mason] Greenwood.

"The injuries to [Liam] Cooper, [Robin] Koch, [Diego] Llorente and Pascal [Struijk] we've been resolving them with the solution of [Luke] Ayling as center-back and Koch or [Adam] Forshaw as a defensive mid."

On the influence of Victor Orta

The Argentine was quick to praise the contributions that the Leeds sporting director has made to the club.

"There's evidence of growth at Leeds United since Victor Orta's been here. The teams are produced through their individualities and in that sense, he's picked well.

"I think he's found the adequate players that adapt to the way of playing of Leeds, the majority of them are young. He's a person who knows the market very well with regards to young players from different countries."

On the presence of teenagers in the squad

With so many matches being postponed due to the shortage of players for various reasons, Bielsa has chosen to give debuts to eight teenagers.

"We have used younger players to integrate our teams. To have young players who are part of the formation every weekend has its value because gthe group is completed.

"It also values the work that we've done, the real important thing is to manage to create Premier League players. Pascal is a Premier League player and his origin is identical to those (young) players."

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