Deal to sign Marc Roca looking like a masterstroke from Leeds
While there remains a major question mark over what kind of season Leeds United will enjoy, there can surely be no doubt that the Whites produced one particularly underrated piece of business with the deal to sign Marc Roca.
Leeds signed Roca amid doubts over the future of Kalvin Phillips.
Phillips had not shone in Jesse Marsch’s system in the same way he had under Marcelo Bielsa. So his departure to Manchester City had the potential to work out for all parties – though some remain unhappy with the fee Leeds received.
The Whites meanwhile, have paired Roca with Tyler Adams. And it really does appear that Leeds have a lot more balance in the middle of the park with the two former Bundesliga players.
There is also potentially less of a reliance on one single player as there had been when Phillips was the fulcrum of the side.
Deal to sign Marc Roca a transfer masterstroke from Leeds
Adams has more than played his part in that success. He has been outstanding in the opening weeks of the campaign.
But Roca’s displays must not go under the radar. Just nine Premier League players have completed more passes into the final third than the Spaniard.
Meanwhile, FB Ref shows that only Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joao Cancelo have made a greater number of progressive passes so far.
That record is all the more impressive when you consider that Roca has completed 90 minutes once so far. And it must not be overlooked just how important Alexander-Arnold and Cancelo are to their respective sides.
Those numbers make it all the more staggering that Leeds paid an initial £10 million to sign the 25-year-old.
Leeds supporters may have had concerns about the deal for Roca upon his arrival. The Whites have not had the best luck when signing players from the biggest of Europe’s heavyweights in the last few years.
And there may have been fears that signing a midfielder from Bayern Munich was simply a flex from Victor Orta. Roca did not manage to really break out from the periphery of the Bayern squad during his time in Bavaria.
But a lot of those concerns have been completely alleviated already.
Leeds have not always got it right in the market in the last few years, particularly when they part with bigger sums.
But the early signs suggest that the deal for Roca can be filed under transfer masterstroke.
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