'I hope we are able to secure victory for him' - Marcelo Bielsa pays tribute to Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer
Marcelo Bielsa has paid tribute to Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer for his contribution to the club's most successful era.
The Whites' record goalscorer passed away on March 20 after a long illness. A member of Don Revie's great sides of the 1960s and 1970s, Lormier made 676 appearances for Leeds in two spells and scored 238 goals.
Known as 'hotshot' or 'Lash' he was said to have one of the fiercest shots in football.
Bielsa expressed his regret at the legend's passing in his programme notes for today's game against Sheffield United.
"It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of club legend Peter Lorimer on the morning following our match with Fulham," said the head coach.
"With the success he achieved in terms of titles, along with being the club's record goalscorer, I know how much he was adored by the supporters. Our thoughts are naturally with Peter's family and friends and I hope we are able to secure victory for him this afternoon."
Club captain Liam Cooper also took the opportunity to put on record his admiration for his fellow Scottish international.
"It was devastating to learn of the passing of Peter Lorimer. I had the pleasure of meeting the great man on a number of occasions and I don't even think describing him as a legend does him service, for all that he achieved in the game and at this football club.
"His goalscoring record here is unlikely to ever be surpassed and he is someone who, as professional footballers, we all aspire to be like. From all of the lads, we send our love to Peter's family and friends."
Chief executive Angus Kinnear added his own tribute to Lorimer, admitting his hope that the legend's record will not be broken.
"Peter will forever qualify as a Leeds United legend but not only for being our youngest ever player and most prolific goalscorer - incredible for a player who was not a centre-forward - but for the life he led after football," said Kinnear.
"He dedicated his life to the club, the city of Leeds and its people. He was still a much-loved colleague to all the staff at Elland Road and was adamant he would still attend games even when he was really too unwell to do so.
"I don't believe that his playing records will ever be broken and I hope they aren't as it will be a fitting legacy to his unequalled contribution to our greatest ever side."