It would not be unfair to say that Leeds United’s transfer business in the loan market this season has been far from great. All the players that Marcelo Bielsa signed on a temporary basis appear to have fallen disappointing flat – with Jack Harrison potentially the only one to have worked out.
The likes of Lewis Baker, Jamal Blackman and Izzy Brown (who all arrived from Chelsea) have/had failed to make an impression at Elland Road and have/had struggled to even get into the first-team under the Argentine.
And, it appears they may have dodged a bullet when it comes down to a player who snubbed them in the January transfer market in their quest to add a winger to their ranks.
Rajiv van la Parra revealed to ELF Voetbal that he had turned down the chance to head to Elland Road in favour of a switch to Middlesbrough.
“The reason for me is a big question mark,” he told EFL Voetbal. “It really came as a surprise. The trainer makes the decisions. As a player, you respect those choices. I then indicated that I wanted to go to a club where I could go for minutes. Then everything went fast.
“Middlesbrough and Leeds United immediately reported to my agent. Middlesbrough (interest) was more concrete than Leeds. They did everything to get me in. I immediately got a good feeling about it. I also wanted to stay in England. I did not hear anything from the Premier League but I actually like to fight for the prizes again.”
However, things did not go to plan for the Huddersfield Town winger during his time at the Riverside Stadium with Tony Pulis.
The 27-year-old had managed to make just three Championship appearances for the club whilst he was with them and is yet to play a full 90 minutes of football, having accumulated just 68 minutes of action so far.
Valued at £3.6million by Transfermarkt, he has since returned to his parent club amid injury concerns and is unlikely to play first-team football again this season and, as such, you could say Leeds truly dodged a bullet with this one.
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