Fabrizio Romano reignites Noa Lang to Leeds rumours
10 Jul 2021 11:50 am, by YorkshireSquare
Rumours linking Dutch winger Noa Lang with Leeds United first emerged back in June, with fuel added to the fire by reliable Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano in June when he tweeted that Leeds were interested in signing Lang from Club Brugge. The trail had gone somewhat cold since with Victor Orta concentrating on brining in Spanish left-back Junior Firpo and a mystery midfielder, but Romano has once again reignited the Lang speculation. Speaking on his Twitch channel on Friday night Romano said;
They told me yesterday that Leeds United are still working for Noa Lang from Club Brugge, so they want Noa Lang as a winger and they are working on it. There is still no official bid but Leeds are interested in Noa Lang.
Lang spent last season on loan at Belgian side Club Brugge from Dutch champions Ajax, scoring 17 goals in 37 appearances. An obligation to buy made the move permanent on 1st July for a fee around £5.2 million, but with his value now said to be in the region of £20 million, Brugge may look to cash in with several clubs across Europe , including AC Milan, interested in the young winger. With a three-year contract signed all the power is with Brugge and a significant fee close to his market value would be required to prize Lang away from the Jan Breydel Stadium.
Lang primarily plays as a left winger but can play across all three forward positions, exactly the kind of versatility Bielsa desires. He is fast and agile and has great potential. The Premier League is without doubt tougher that the Belgian Pro League, but Lang is a player who could really develop and explode under Marcelo Bielsa. With a rumoured move for Raphinha inside to the No 10 position, Lang could be exactly what Leeds are looking for to replace him out wide. It’s a transfer that wouldn’t bode well for Helder Costa’s future at the club though.
But with all Lang’s positives comes a negative side as well. He has a reputation for being a bit difficult, famously receiving a dressing-down from Ajax coach, Erik ten Hag, amid reports that he was disobeying instructions from club captain Dusan Tadic during a Dutch Cup match against Telstar. “You need to shut your mouth and just listen! Stop it, it’s our match, not yours!” Ten Hag shouted at the youngster from the touchline.
Lang was also investigated by the Belgian Football Association after footage emerged on social media of him joining in with chants of an anti-Semitic nature following Club Brugge’s title win. The reference to Jews, according to Belgian sports papers, was about supporters and players of Anderlecht, who rival teams refer to as “Jews.” In an unapologetic defence of his actions Land took to social media to say;
My dad’s Surinamese and my mother’s Dutch. I know all about racism and bias. I chanted enthusiastically with supporters I met for the first time after winning. As a former Ajax fan I know very well the soccer world’s nicknames. I did not mean to offend anyone. I’m done with the subject and won’t be revisiting it.
Leeds fans will be keen to steer clear of any controversy with the cloud of Kiko Casilla’s charges still hanging over the club but if there is any manager who can get a player back on the straight and narrow and get the best out of them it is Marcelo Bielsa. Technically Lang certainly seems the right fit for Bielsa’s Leeds team and would certainly add quality to the side. It’s a rumour that certainly wont go away and with Fabrizio Romano reporting on Leeds United’s interest there is certainly no smoke without fire.