Leeds United finally seem on the cusp of bringing Marcelo Bielsa to Elland Road. The Argentine has been the club’s number one target since Paul Heckingbottom was sacked at the start of the month and it appears the West Yorkshire club will get their man.
With his arrival comes plenty of excitement over what he can bring to the club and the calibre of players Leeds may now be able to attract.
Whilst there is no current indication of any Leeds interest in the following player, one player that must surely be considered is Tottenham Hotspur winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.
The French under-21 star has struggled since joining Spurs in a deal reported to be worth £11 million in 2016.
After failing to break into the Spurs team, he spent the second half of last season on loan at Burnley but now seems surplus to requirements in North London.
So why would Leeds be perfect for him?
First of all, there is Bielsa. The Argentine is the man who first took him to Marseille in the summer of 2015 from Nantes. Clearly a fan of the player, he never truly got the chance to work with him as he left the Stade Velodrome shortly after the start of the season.
Then there is his agent. Nkoudou is represented by Meissa N’Diaye. He has strong links with Leeds United. Previously, the likes of Sol Bamba and Amadou Haidara have joined the club, both clients of Ndiaye. Current Leeds winger Hadi Sacko, a personal friend of Nkoudou, is also one of his clients.
It gives Leeds two excellent leads in a potential transfer pursuit of Nkoudou. Signing him permanently seems unlikely, but a loan deal for a man struggling in the Premier League would have its bonuses for both Leeds and Spurs.
Hopefully, this sensical transfer can become reality.
Leeds United round-up: Bahlouli wanted, Male debut and sister club gets Morteza Pouraliganji
A selection of the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.
Lille attacker wanted
Leeds United are reportedly keeping track of Lille midfielder Fares Bahlouli. Yahoo Sports are suggesting that Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa could raid his former team for the attacking midfielder.
The 23-year-old former French youth international is struggling for regular football at the Ligue 1 side and he could be lured in as cover in the attacking midfield positions.
Bielsa managed Lille for a period of last season, before leaving under a cloud.
You’ve got Male
Talented Leeds United keeper Harrison Male made his senior debut today. The 17-year-old was loaned out to local side Tadcaster Albion this weekend and it did not take long for Male to get his chance.
The teenager, who has represented England at under-16 level, came in and featured for the Evo-Stik League East Division side against Carlton Town.
He impressed many with his display, as reported by the York Press. However, his side lost 2-0. Fellow Leeds loanee Jack Vann also featured.
Morteza moves on
Leeds United were recently linked with a move for Iranian defender Morteza Pouraliganji. The World Cup star was linked with a move to Leeds by the Tasnim News Agency – after a move to Trabzonspor collapsed.
However, he is heading elsewhere, to a team that Leeds fans might be familiar with.
He has joined KAS Eupen in Belgium. The club are owned by the ASPIRE Foundation.
Leeds have strong links with the company due to director Ivan Bravo being at both entities.
Leeds United misfit Pierre-Michel Lasogga scores twice in two minutes
The German striker helped Hamburg out of a sticky spot in the DFB Pokal.
Leeds United’s excellent start to the new season continued yesterday with a 2-0 win against Rotherham United. It was a tougher assignment than their previous Championship successes this season. However, goals from Luke Ayling and Kemar Roofe gave them all three points.
It seems Roofe has a new lease of life for Leeds under new manager Marcelo Bielsa. His performances have been excellent and it appears he is the goal-getter for Leeds this term.
Last season, that was a burden pushed upon loan signing Pierre-Michel Lasogga. The German big man was tasked with replicating the form of Chris Wood, who had joined Burnley that summer.
At first, it seemed the former Germany under-21 star would do it. But his form came in two short bursts. The rest of the time, the Hamburg loanee was simply not up to scratch.
This summer Leeds decided not to make a permanent move for his services. With parent club Hamburg relegated to the 2.Bundesliga for the first time, he remained with the club as they aim to win promotion back to the top-flight.
Yesterday, he scored his first goals since returning to the club. They came in the DFB Pokal, Germany’s FA Cup. Hamburg were facing lower league opposition in TuS Erndtebruck and were level 2-2 at the time.
Lasogga was subbed into the game and scored twice in two minutes to give Hamburg a 4-2 lead in an eventual 5-3 triumph.
They were his first goals since netting against Derby County in February.
Leeds fans will no doubt wish Lasogga all the best in his own quest for promotion. But in theirs? It looks like Roofe and Patrick Bamford are far better options.
Three things learnt from Leeds’ win over Rotherham: Roofe justifying his place
Leeds United made it nine points from a possible nine to remain in the automatic promotion spots and continue a run of four consecutive wins under the command of Marcelo Bielsa.
The Whites started slowly but got going in the second half with two goals, from Luke Ayling and Kemar Roofe, to see off Rotherham for their second defeat of the season.
Here’s what we can learn from the game…
Luke Ayling is prolific
After being unstoppable in pre-season, the right wing-back has continued his goalscoring form in the season and found the breakthrough against Rotherham just when Leeds needed it most.
He was in the right place at the right time in the box to dive into a header with the ball just about crossing the line, even if referee Robert Jones wasn’t entirely convinced at first.
Kemar Roofe just keeps doing what’s asked of him
Following the arrival of Patrick Bamford, many questioned what kind of role Kemar Roofe would have to play in Yorkshire this season. However, since then, he has been in the form of his life and continued that with another fine finish on Saturday.
The former Oxford man burst down the wing with pace and then kept his composure to bury the ball into the back of the net. Bamford may feel frustrated watching on from the sidelines, but there’s little more that Roofe can do to keep his place.
A lack of cutting edge won’t be an issue
Early on, there was concern around Elland Road. Leeds were by far the dominant side but they were struggling to turn possession into goals with Rotherham having their fair share of chances on goal to look a threat.
In the second half, the breakthrough came via Luke Ayling and from then on, Leeds were in complete control and their finishing, later on through Kemar Roofe was good enough to convert dominance into three points.
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