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.