LEEDS have recruited well this summer but it would be unfair to put too much pressure on their Chelsea loanees.
That’s according to Blues legend and former Leeds manager Dennis Wise.
New boss Marcelo Bielsa has brought in Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman on a temporary basis from Stamford Bridge as he plots a long-awaited return to the Premier League.
Both players come with a high pedigree and are hoping to impress in the Championship and force their way into Maurizio Sarri’s plans.
They join fellow Chelsea academy graduate Patrick Bamford who signed from Middlesbrough in a deal worth £7m.
“They’ve got quality because they’re at Chelsea it’s as simple as that.”
Ex-Leeds boss Dennis Wise
Leeds started the season strongly last weekend as they beat recently-relegated Stoke 3-1 at Elland Road.
And Wise insists it’s up to the team to work together and succeed this season, not just the Chelsea prospects.
“It’s not about them two it’s about the whole team,” he exclusively told Starsport.
“They’ve got quality because they’re at Chelsea it’s as simple as that.
“It’s the same as what Derby have done, they’ve brought quality in, young players.
“It’s not about these young boys, the quality boys that have come from Chelsea to Leeds and the quality boys that have come from Chelsea to Derby as well.
“You don’t really want to put pressure on these boys and I think it’s a collective thing that has to happen and not just about boys that have come from Chelsea.
“And I think it’s a learning process for them as well and I think it’s getting them to the next stage.
“Chelsea are looking to develop them and going there and being able to play in front of 30,000 and competing and showing what they’re capable of.
“So that’s what it’s about for Chelsea and I don’t want to put too much pressure on these young boys that are going into the Championship saying they could make this difference and they could make that difference to Leeds.
“I think it’d be very unfair to say that, they’re at a learning curve in their careers.”
Leeds are back in action this evening as they visit Frank Lampard’s Derby (5.30pm).
Dennis Wise was speaking at the 2018 FA & McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards, celebrating grassroots heroes across England.
Find out more: www.mcdonalds.co.uk/grassroots