Former England striker Darren Bent has suggested that Daniel Ayala would be a good signing for Leeds United, even if they are promoted to the Premier League.
The Middlesbrough centre-back is a player that the Whites are interested in signing according to the Daily Star, who suggest that they will go for him whatever division they are in next term.
Ayala’s contract at the Riverside is set to expire at the end of the current campaign meaning he would be available for a free transfer, and Bent thinks that he could represent value for money.
Speaking about the 29-year-old potentially moving to Elland Road, the former Spurs front man told Football Insider: “He’s played in the Premier League already, he’s got the Championship experience as well so on a free transfer, that wouldn’t be a bad signing to make.
“Even if he’s not going to be your first choice, just someone who has played in the Premier League. Someone who can back up some of the starters and can maybe be a good squad member.”
You have to say that Bent is right here, signing Ayala would surely be a smart piece of business by Marcelo Bielsa. As he mentions, the ex-Liverpool man is very experienced in the Championship having played 216 times in the second tier. Added to that he has also played Premier League football before, turning out 26 times in the top flight for Norwich and Middlesbrough (Transfermarkt).
More importantly, he is a solid defender who would add quality and depth to the Leeds squad. Indeed this season he is averaging a whopping 5.9 clearances and 5.7 total duels won per game, whilst helping Boro keep seven clean sheets in the league (SofaScore).
With Ben White unlikely to be at the club next season given he is only on loan from Brighton, adding a centre-back will be a priority. On a free transfer, Ayala would surely be a worthwhile addition for them even if they are playing Premier League football.
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