Leeds United’s summer has been a crazy whirlwind affair, all for the right reasons.
After being promoted to the Premier League, they broke their transfer record and then in their first top-flight match since 2004, almost defeated the Champions.
Their clash against Liverpool was one to remember.
After conceding an early penalty, it looked like the worst possible start, but three times Leeds were able to equalise as Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich all got on the scoresheet.
Liverpool did eventually prevail but there were certainly lots of positives for the Whites on the opening day.
Defensively they will have to improve but fortunately, they’ll have skipper Liam Cooper back.
His leadership skills were missed last Saturday so his return will be a welcome relief when it happens.
Speaking of the defence, that’s an area where Leeds still seem keen to add to.
Josko Gvardiol has been touted with a switch and according to reports, is fairly close to a move.
Yet, a deal for another defender – Juan Foyth – could still be struck.
That’s according to The Times who claim that Tottenham are now willing to sell the Argentine centre-back.
Leeds were credited with an interest in the 22-year-old earlier this summer when it was claimed he was on the verge of moving to Elland Road on loan.
However, a deal failed to be reached and he’d stayed in north London for the time being.
Though, a move for the £12m-rated defender now looks as though it could be back on the cards. Clearly, this is a fresh boost for Leeds.
GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…
This summer, it looked as though Leeds had three main defensive targets – Robin Koch, Gvardiol and Foyth.
They’ve already got one over the line and there is a sense that they only need one more.
In the short-term, a swoop for Foyth would surely be better.
He is cheaper than the £17.8m-rated Croatian, has Premier League experience and most importantly, can perform at a high level.
The Argentine has 15 top-flight appearances to his name and he’s also played in the Champions League for Tottenham.
On top of that, he has all the necessary qualities to thrive under Marcelo Bielsa.
Capable of playing at right-back too, he is versatile, while Foyth also knows how to pick a pass. For instance, he has completed 85.3% of his passes in his career to date.
If you needed any other sign of the link-up he could establish with Bielsa, they are from the same country. For many reasons, this is a match made in heaven.
Leeds must return for Foyth now he is more readily available in the market.
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