Left back and midfield the summer priorities for Leeds United
12 Feb 2021 08:22 am, by YorkshireSquare
Good Morning. It's Friday 12th February, and her are the latest headlines from Elland Road…
Left back and defensive midfield the summer priorities
Phil Hay of The Athletic has reported that left back and defensive midfield are priorities in the transfer market come summer. The club are understood to be interested in Romain Perraud, of French side Brest. The 23 year old left back played for France up to U20s level and his performance data shows characteristics which would meet Bielsa requirements, a creative edge and a high number of dribbles and shots for a player at his position, combined with a very active role in pressing defensively. Brest were not willing to entertain offers for Perraud in the winter but Leeds will consider tabling a formal offer for him once the season ends.
The Athletic also understands Leeds are weighing up options to improve the depth in their midfield, including a plan to sign cover for Kalvin Phillips. Bielsa has called upon Pascal Struijk as understudy in defensive midfield since the latter stages of last season but the Dutchman’s best have come at centre back. Adam Forshaw’s long battle to recover from a groin injury has left Leeds without a more natural replacement for Phillips, who is one of the most crucial cogs in Bielsa’s line-up. Youngster Jack Jenkins could be a potential replacement for Phillips but despite appearances on the bench he has yet to make his senior debut for Leeds.
Are these the areas you would prioritise in the summer transfer window? Should youngsters like Jack Jenkins be given the chance to show what they can do?
Can Leeds resist the approaches of the ‘top six’?
Since the first fleeting glimpses of Raphinha it was clear he was a classy footballer, and his recent performances have only confirmed Leeds United have a quality player on their hands. Every time he picks up the ball you feel like something could happen! But his consistently good performances have caught the eye of other clubs too with defending Premier League champions Liverpool rumoured to have set their eyes on the Brazillian winger. If Jurgen Klopp did come calling would it be a move Raphinha could turn down, after all he looks set for the top of the game.
The odds have dramatically shortened on Jose Mourinho to be the next Premier League manager to get the sack with Marcelo Bielsa rumoured to be the man Daniel Levy wants to replace the Portuguese coach. With Mourinho’s pragmatic style failing to impress the fans and Spurs currently out of the European places it’s clear to see why the Spurs owner would want to make a change. Bielsa has won as many games (10) as Mourinho this season with a far less expensively assembled squad.
Can Leeds ward off the advances of the ‘top six’ clubs? Leeds are newcomers to the Premier League but look to have secured their place in the division for next season and have enormous potential as a club. Are we in a strong enough on and off the field to hold onto our top talent?
Who are Arsenal’s danger men with Tierney and Partley missing?
Arsenal will be without both Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey for this weekend's Premier League clash with Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium. Tierney has missed his side's last four league matches with a calf strain, and a statement on the London club's official website revealed that the Scotland international would again be absent against the Whites. Partey, meanwhile, was forced off against Aston Villa last weekend with a hamstring problem, and the summer arrival from Atletico Madrid will not be available to take on Marcelo Bielsa's side.
Top scorers Alexandre Lacazette (10) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (8) are both available for Mikel Arteta as is Gianni Alioski’s best friend Nicolas Pépé. Leeds United cult hero Emile Smith Rowe has been Arsenal’s break out star since Christmas in an otherwise lacklustre Gunners side. Arsenal have lost their last two league games, which has left them in 11th position in the table, one point behind 10th-placed Leeds ahead of this weekend's contest. Who are Arsenals main threats this weekend? David Luiz is available again having served his suspension, is that an advantage for Leeds?