Leeds told Champions League quality left-back ticks every box for Bielsa

Date published: Saturday 24th April 2021 10:39 - James Marshment

Nicolas Tagliafico

Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico would be an ideal signing to help take Leeds United to the next level, amid reports they are looking into the possibility of signing the Argentine.

The Whites enjoyed a solid first transfer window upon their Premier League return, securing several key signings. Raphinha has arguably proved the best of the bunch, adding an exciting attacking dimension. What’s more, Bielsa shored up his defence with the captures of Robin Koch and Diego Llorente.

This summer, Leeds have two priority signings to make. They want a new midfielder to add additional quality to their mix. Marcelo Bielsa is also seeking a new left-back with Gjanni Alioski seemingly on the verge of an exit.

TEAMtalk has learned that Real Madrid starlet Miguel Gutierrez is on Leeds’ radar. The 19-year-old has yet to play for the senior side, but also has interest from Tottenham.

There is also interest in Alex Moreno and the Real Betis star has recently responded to claims that he’s wanted by Leeds.

According to the Daily Mirror, though, Tagliafico is also a target for Elland Road chiefs.

The 28-year-old penned a new deal with his Dutch employers in December. But while that took the expiry date of his terms to 2023, he will reportedly be free to find a new club this summer.

Manchester City have previously had links with the Argentina international, while Leicester too have a long-standing interest.

But Noel Whelan hopes it is Leeds who win the day. And he hopes the presence of the inspirational Bielsa could steer him their way.

“We’re in desperate need of a full-back, a left wing-back and he seems to have the credentials that will fit straight into Leeds United,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“An international with Champions League experience, we need that.

“We know he’d be coming from a club that plays a similar way to Leeds. The ball on the deck get forward, read the game well.”


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Tagliafico perfect for Bielsa

Whelan insists Leeds will have researched the left-back area well and drawn up in detail how Tagliafico can fit into their side.

“Everything’s got to fit into Marcelo’s criteria. That includes fitness, the mental side to it and a character that’s going to add to the squad not just on the field but in the group of players.

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“Everything’s got to tick a box for Marcelo and that’s the difficulty,” Whelan added.

“We might just need that experience at the back as well. That would help the likes of Pascal Struijk who’s 21 and others along that backline.

“He will make sure that this player’s right and can adapt to the Premier League quickly and more so to the squad and our style of play, our style of football.”

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