Patrick van Aanholt would be a good signing for Leeds United this summer, according to former Whites goalkeeper Nigel Martyn.
Marcelo Bielsa is likely to be on the lookout for a new left-back at the end of the season, with Ezgjan Alioski set to move on to pastures new.
It may be that an experienced head comes in and Crystal Palace stalwart Van Aanholt has been linked with a move to Elland Road.
The 30-year-old’s current deal at Selhurst Park expires in the summer, so Leeds could snap the Dutchman up on a free transfer.
Martyn discusses potential Van Aanholt move
Speaking to LeedsUnited.News, Martyn believes Van Aanholt would be a shrewd addition by Bielsa, even though he hasn’t always always been impressed by him:
“I have seen him play for Palace really well – but against Everton he was average. But I have seen him play really well for Palace, he scores the odd goal and links up well with [Wilfried] Zaha. He is looking to move from Palace.
“That is a possibility, if Alioski – he’s been entertaining if nothing else, and does quite well on occasion. But he wants his contract to run out and get a good pay day somewhere, you can’t blame him.
“Van Aanholt is not a bad full-back, but I wasn’t impressed with him against Everton. They’ll have watched him – he will certainly prefer playing at Elland Road than Selhurst Park, to play football. Bobbly surface!”
Transfer Tavern take
Van Aanholt may be not an earth-shattering transfer that will drastically improve the Leeds side, but bringing him in for free in place of Alioski makes perfect sense.
The defender, who earns £55,000 per week currently, has a huge amount of experience in the Premier League, having played for Palace and Sunderland in the division over the past seven years.
Granted, Van Aanholt only has one assist this season, but he would likely be given more attacking freedom under Bielsa than Roy Hodgson, and his attacking play has often been his best asset, scoring at least two goals in six of his seven full top flight campaigns.
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