6. Diego Llorente
Diego Llorente would probably be much higher up this list if it wasn’t for his injury problems. The Spaniard was able to show the mental fortitude to come back from a number of setbacks and establish himself as perhaps Leeds’ first-choice defender. His form was recognised by Spain boss Luis Enrique, who included him in his Euros squad.
5. Illan Meslier
The French shot-stopper made the switch from Ligue 2 side FC Lorient at the beginning of the 2019-20 campaign, signing for Leeds on a season-long loan with an option to buy. After impressing Bielsa, Leeds paid FC Lorient the £5m fee to sign the youngster on a three-year deal in time for their first season in the Premier League for 16 years. It is not very common for a 22-year-old to show such poise in the Premier League. His distribution is key to setting the tempo for Leeds United.
4. Jack Harrison
After three consecutive loan spells at the club, Jack Harrison finally made his move to Elland Road a permanent one from Manchester City in 2021. In his first season at Elland Road, Harrison delivered just three assists and four goals in 41 appearances, but Bielsa insisted on him returning on loan the following season, and the forward seemingly improved by scoring six and assisting eight goals in 48 games, helping Leeds lift the Championship title.
Harrison has been a dependable cog in the team since. His consistent improvements culminate in his no-nonsense adaptation to life in the Premier League. He is one of the best Leeds United signings under Marcelo Bielsa.