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Leeds: Kevin Phillips keen on having Rodrigo de Paul at Elland Road

Leeds: Kevin Phillips keen on having Rodrigo de Paul at Elland Road - Leeds United Transfer Rumours

Former England international Kevin Phillips believes that Rodrigo de Paul would be an ideal fit at Leeds United ahead of a potential summer move to Elland Road.

The Lowdown: De Paul linked with Leeds move

The Udinese midfielder has impressed throughout this season, chipping in with 18 goal contributions in Serie A in the form of nine goals and assists apiece.

The £34.2m-rated Argentina international has been continually linked with a summer move to Leeds, although there has also been reported interest from Liverpool.

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The Latest: Phillips lauds perfect fit

Phillips believes that De Paul could be a great addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad if he swaps Udine for Yorkshire, and he told Football Insider that the 26-year-old could fit right in at Elland Road, saying:

“He sounds like a typical Leeds player. They have had players like Raphinha and Jack Harrison this year and they can dribble with it.

The Verdict: Sign him up, Marcelo

De Paul’s technical quality stands out, with an average of 3.4 dribbles per game in Serie A in 2020/21. He is also hard-working off the ball, as highlighted by averaging 1.2 tackles per match.

The latter metric would suggest that the 26-year-old is happy to put in the hard yards, which could make him well suited to Bielsa’s physically demanding philosophy at Elland Road, hence Phillips’ description of him as a “typical Leeds player”.

This work ethic, coupled with his natural talent, means that the Leeds manager should view De Paul as a primary transfer target this summer.

In other news, one Leeds player has suffered a potentially huge setback ahead of the summer. Read more here.


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