Senegal picked up a massive win at the World Cup yesterday, defeating Poland 2-1. An own goal from Thiago Cionek and a finish from Mbaye Niang proved enough for the Lions of Teranga to take all three points.
As is customary at a World Cup, a few relative unknowns also shone in the game. Winger Ismaila Sarr caught the eye with his impressive pace but the standout performer was defender Moussa Wague.
The right-back, who can also play on the left, was imperious at the back. He nullified the threat from Poland’s left-hand side and, when tasked with stopping a drifting Robert Lewandowski, he did so with relative ease. Considering the KAS Eupen full-back is only 19-years-old, it was an excellent performance on the biggest stage.
It is also a performance that should have Leeds United interested.
Leeds need to strengthen their defensive position this summer. At both full-back and centre-back they have looked weak for the past 12 months and new recruits are needed. Wague, who looked more than capable of also operating at centre-back, could be exactly what Leeds need.
The West Yorkshire side would also have an advantage if they did try and sign the teenage star. Wague came through the ranks at the Aspire Academy, who Leeds have a link with via director of football Victor Orta and director Ivan Bravo.
Wague is currently with Belgian side Eupen, who like Spanish outfit Cultural Leonesa, is a sister club of Leeds through the Aspire link.
Leeds, therefore, have a perfect opportunity to use their links to bring in one of the most exciting defensive talents from the World Cup so far.
Hopefully, they put this idea into practice.