Leeds: Vazquez swoop might elevate Strujk

Leeds United are out there for a brand new left-back within the January switch window.

That’s in accordance with journalist Pete O’Rourke, who claimed that strengthening the place is a prime precedence for supervisor Jesse Marsch and director of soccer Victor Orta after the World Cup.

“I feel left again is unquestionably a prime precedence,” he revealed to GIVEMESPORT.

“If they will go and discover a new left-back and perhaps if a centre-half did grow to be out there in the marketplace, it’s one thing that they could have a look at to attempt to shore up their defensive woes.”

The arrival of a brand new left-back might really resolve the central defensive challenge too, seeing because the towering presence of Pascal Struijk has been shifted on the market for almost all of the season.

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Defensive mid

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One identify that has been linked with a change to Elland Street is Valencia teenager Jesus Vazquez.

Experiences in Spain (as relayed by Sport Witness) declare that the Yorkshire giants are within the race for his signature heading into the brand new 12 months, although they face competitors from the likes of Inter Milan and AZ Alkmaar.

Vazquez’s progress at Los Che has been stunted by the truth that he has two different gamers forward of him within the pecking order, the long-serving Jose Gaya and Toni Lato.

The 19-year-old gem has been lauded as an “exciting prospect” by expertise scout Jacek Kulig and did begin Valencia’s opening two LaLiga video games of the season, so their supervisor definitely trusts him to be known as upon at such an early stage of his profession.

Whether or not it’s Vazquez or one other left-back, it’ll enable the American head coach to place the 23-year-old again in his pure central place, the place the facet look weakest – even skipper Liam Cooper appears to be like a shadow of his outdated self. It wants that youthful injection and that’s what the Dutchman can present.

LeedsLive reporter Beren Cross as soon as lauded Struijk as “the future” at Elland Street, while journalist Daniel Fraiz-Martine has beforehand dubbed him a “monster.”

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Not solely does he stand a whopping 6 foot 3 in peak however the £29k-per-week titan had topped the passing accuracy charts prior to now two seasons, as per WhoScored, however now on the left, he’s the seventh-best passer.

In the meantime, through FBref, the previous Ajax graduate sits amongst the highest 3% for aerial duels gained, the highest 7% for tackles and the highest 12% for blocks per 90, when in comparison with his positional friends throughout Europe’s elite 5 divisions.

He’s clearly able to mixing it with one of the best, which is why he – and subsequently Leeds – would profit from a left-back addition reminiscent of Vazquez in January.

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