Leeds United target Noa Lang could face a ‘shock’ if he moves to England, former Premier League boss Alex McLeish has told Football Insider.
The report claims that Lang is a ‘top target’ for Leeds in this summer’s transfer window.
‘Preliminary talks’ between the Yorkshire outfit and Belgian side Club Brugge have begun, with the player said to be open to the switch.
The 22-year-old scored 16 goals in 26 Jupiler Pro League starts, and also provided seven assists (via WhoScored).
That tally was enough for Lang to finish in the top 10 in the division.
McLeish warned adapting to the rigours of the English top-flight would be difficult for Lang, who helped Brugge win the Belgian title last season.
“The players who come to England and play in the Premier League will sometimes get a shock,” the Scotsman said.
“The level of speed in the game and the quality of the players, they’re up there with the best players in the world.
“He’s coming in with a winning mentality and a mentality that says he’s going to a higher place.
“You’ve got to bring the level he showed at Brugge.”
You’d imagine that Lang, who can operate on both flanks, would come in initially as a back-up to Jack Harrison and Raphinha before mounting a challenge for a starting role.
He wouldn’t be under immediate pressure, giving him the luxury of time to adapt to both the Premier League and Marcelo Bielsa’s intense and specific instructions.
Moreover, Bielsa certainly wouldn’t be interested in any player who looked like they couldn’t cope with the demands of high-intensity football.
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