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Alex Gallar has struggled since Leeds links, but United should still be keen

The Spanish playmaker and Huesca have struggled for form in the past month.

Mathew Nash

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Back in February Leeds United were being linked with a move for Spanish attacking midfielder Álex Gallar. The 25-year-old playmaker has been in fine form in the Spanish second-tier this season as Huesca sit top of the pile in the hunt for La Liga football.

Diario De Leon suggested Leeds were keen on signing the player in the summer. The report suggested the Elland Road outfit became are of his talent after he played with the Aspire Academy linked side, Cultural Leonesa, last season.

He was then signed by Huesca as a replacement for Samuel Saiz, who of course had joined Leeds United. Saiz was the star at Huesca last season but he was snapped up by Leeds last summer.

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Galllar, who netted 20 goals for Cultural last term, has five goals and five assists for Huesca this campaign and has become a regular in their push for promotion. However, since his name was linked with a move to Leeds, his and Huesca’s performances have dipped.

A draw and two defeats in his last three outings with the club have seen them open up the promotion door. The likes of Rayo Vallecano and Cadiz have closed the gap on Huesca in the meanwhile – who are hoping to earn promotion to La Liga for the first time in their history.

The dip in form should not, however ,put Leeds off. Considering their struggles in the wide areas Gallar could be an excellent recruit. Capable of playing on the left or right, and through the middle, he would be an upgrade on the struggling Hadi Sacko.

This drop in form from Gallar is indicative of Huesca simply struggling themselves to get over the finish line.

Leeds would still be making a good move if they tried to sign the player in the summer transfer window.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Leeds United round-up: Hosseini snub, Maddison not happening and Bamford hopes

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

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Hosseini said no

Leeds United wanted Majid Hosseini this summer, according to reports in Turkey. Gazete Damga report that Marcelo Bielsa wanted to sign the Iranian from Esteghal this summer.

However, that deal never happened. The Iranian international, who played at the World Cup this summer, snubbed Leeds as he had already made a verbal promise to Trabzonspor regarding a move to Turkey.

It is the second Iranian linked with Leeds this week, following reports Leeds are tracking Morteza Pouraliganji.

Maddison unlikely

Leeds United are unlikely to go for Peterborough United playmaker Marcus Maddison this month.

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The Posh midfielder has long been linked with Leeds and there have been suggestions the Whites might swoop with a loan-to-buy offer this month.

However, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay doubts such a move is or ever was in the pipeline.

Bamford hopes

New Leeds striker Patrick Bamford believes the ‘sky is the limit’ under the management of Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road.

The £7 million summer signing from Middlesbrough was speaking to The Yorkshire Post today about his hopes at his new club.

Bamford believes Leeds have the chance for plenty of success with their new manager.

The striker scored his first goal for the club in the League Cup win v Bolton Wanderers this week.

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Leeds United must loan Yosuke Ideguchi to English club to get the best out of Japan international

The Japan international could be sent out on loan again this month.

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In January, Leeds United secured the signature of Japan international Yosuke Ideguchi. The central midfielder arrived from Gamba Osaka for a reported fee in the region of £500,000. However, he did not stick around at Leeds for long.

He was sent out on loan to Cultural Leonesa in Spain. Something of a sister squad because of their links to Leeds director Ivan Bravo it was felt the Japan international was better off in Spain’s second tier.

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That did not prove to be the case. Ideguchi struggled for regular football in Spain and his loan club were relegated from the second tier. It meant Ideguchi missed out on a place in the Japan squad for the World Cup this summer.

This season, it appears first-team football will again be hard to come by at Elland Road. Marcelo Bielsa has even suggested a loan deal might be in Ideguchi’s future.

But if that is the case, Leeds must keep him in England.


“We haven’t made a decision yet. By the end of August the club will take the best decision for the player.”

– Marcelo Bielsa on Ideguchi’s future


There will be plenty of Championship and League One teams after a player of Ideguchi’s quality before the end of the month.

The 21-year-old needs to start learning how to play the game in England. It is a tough task transitioning from football in the J-League to the Championship, but having him play in Spain again will do little to teach him the ropes.

Leeds must find a team in the UK to take Ideguchi on board. Then he will be on the track to a shot at Leeds in the near future.

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Jack Grealish valuation must make Leeds United wonder about Samuel Saiz

The Leeds United playmaker has been in fine form this season.

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Leeds United are through to the next round of the League Cup, after beating Championship rivals Bolton Wanderers last night. The Whites, who are thriving under new manager Marcelo Bielsa, won 2-1, with goals from new signing Patrick Bamford and Spanish magician Samuel Saiz.

The latter once again put in a fantastic performance. The Spaniard has become a cult hero at Leeds and with performances like this it is easy to see why.  

Of course such form will not go unnoticed. Saiz put in excellent displays last season, before a six-game suspension for spitting threw him off kilter.

Such form saw him become the subject of transfer interest back in his homeland this summer. Fichajes reported that Valencia, Huesca and Getafe were all keen on the player. A bid of £8 million was even reported to have been made, but was swiftly rejected by the Whites.

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Leeds fans will no doubt fear such interest, but will also wonder just how much he is worth. When considering Aston Villa wanted a reported £35 million for Jack Grealish, a player many Leeds fans would suggest is inferior, then £8 million does not even come close.

The real hope will be Saiz can keep up the form for an entire season. If he can do that, Leeds might be looking at promotion, which will make the thought of selling him seem ridiculous.

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