Football scouting has become a rare commodity.
With COVID-19, it means less travelling around to see players and more video analysis.
However, for Leeds United Director of Football, Victor Orta, he has been able to travel around Europe.
With interest in Stuttgart forward Nicolas Gonzalez emerging last week, it was suggested that Orta was travelling around the continent in search of a striker.
Patrick Bamford scored only 16 goals last term so improvement from somewhere is certainly needed ahead of the new campaign.
However, as well as searching overseas, the brunt of their work in the market could be done domestically.
That’s added to the deals they’ve already completed, signing Joe Gelhardt, Illan Meslier and loaning Jack Harrison again.
However, at the beginning of the current week, it wasn’t strikers dominating the transfer pages – it was a defender.
According to The Sheffield Star, one of Leeds’ latest targets is Nottingham Forest right-back Matty Cash.
They suggest that Sheffield United have made a bid of £10m to sign him, but they now face competition from the Whites, Aston Villa and AC Milan who are all monitoring his situation at the Championship outfit.
Cash, who is still only 23, had an exceptional campaign at Forest so it’s hardly a surprise he’s caught the eye of those in the Premier League.
He’s recently been turned into a full-back, previously plying his trade as an attacking winger.
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Versatility. That’s what Cash will give you in abundance.
Capable of playing on either wing, through the middle or at full-back, he could give manager Marcelo Bielsa a plethora of options – it’s hardly a surprise he’s been tipped as being perfect for the Argentine.
Speaking about the Forest star in April, Darren Bent suggested the following: “He’s got a great work rate, he’s got good quality and he does seem like a Bielsa-type player with the way that he plays.”
It’s hard to disagree with that assessment, especially after the way he dominated Barry Douglas earlier this year. The right-back was played one key pass, completed a dribble and was fouled a considerable three times.
However, what is difficult to picture, is where he’d fit in at Elland Road.
Cash may have had an exceptional campaign, contributing to eight goals from right-back, but Luke Ayling is one of Leeds’ most consistent performers in that area of the pitch.
On top of that, Bielsa has a number of options at his disposal on the right-wing – namely Helder Costa, Pablo Hernandez and Ivan Poveda.
It looks as though a £10m bid could be enough to steal him away from the City Ground but there is no guarantee he’d start.
If he did, he’d probably be a good signing based on his all-round attributes, but this just feels like a signing at the wrong time.
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