Leeds United could revive their interest in Club Brugge’s Noa Lang, Leeds Live’s Joshua Hobbs writes.
Victor Orta, Leeds’ director of football, reportedly carried out ‘a lot of analysis’ on Lang, only for former manager Marcelo Bielsa to turn down the suggested move.
The Argentine apparently had concerns about Lang’s contribution off the ball.
Lang, who’s predominantly a left winger but can also play centre forward, has made 42 appearances this season.
The Dutchman still has more than three years remaining on his contract and is valued at £19.8million by Transfermarkt.
Hobbs notes that Jesse Marsch, Bielsa’s successor, has moved away from Bielsa’s man-to-man defensive system and prefers to defend as a unit, and that could make Lang’s supposed shortcomings less of an issue.
He also believes that the 22-year-old, ‘excellent in compacted spaces’, would be well suited in Marsch’s ‘narrow system’.
Would you go back for Lang?
The move is now ‘more likely’, particularly with Raphinha potentially set to leave Elland Road this summer.
Signing Lang could be part of Leeds’ plan to replace the Brazilian.
If Leeds fans are concerned that Lang has only been delivering in a relatively weak league – the Belgian top-flight is the 13th-best in Europe – then they need only look to his displays in the Champions League.
But what about those defensive concerns?
Well it’s true that Lang doesn’t press a huge amount – only 12.81 times per 90 minutes (placing in him just the 16th percentile) – but his numbers for tackles (1.54), interceptions (1.02) and blocks (1.2) are all closer to the average. There’s certainly enough there for Marsch to work with.
In other news, this Leeds transfer target struggled at the weekend.
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