In a recent interview, former Premier League goalkeeper, Paul Robinson, urged Leeds United to sign defensive midfielder, Okay Yokuslu, in the summer transfer window.
Since joining West Bromwich Albion from Celta de Vigo on a five-month loan deal in the January transfer window, Yokuslu has highly impressed over his seven Premier League appearances for Sam Allardyce’s side, making an average of 1.3 interceptions, 1.6 tackles, 2.9 clearances and 0.6 key passes per match, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 7.07 – ranking him as the Baggies’ best performer in the top flight.
And, with it appearing more and more likely that West Brom will be dropping down to the Championship come the end of the season, it would seem considerably less likely that Allardyce’s side will be able to land the £31,000 per week 27-year-old on a permanent basis.
According to Robinson, speaking to Football Insider, this is where Leeds should come in, as the former England ‘keeper believes that Yokuslu would be an ideal candidate to provide Kalvin Phillips with backup and competition in the Whites’ midfield next season.
He said: “He will be highly sought-after this summer. He plays in a very similar way to Kalvin Phillips and that is the type of player that Leeds need. It is going to be a difficult one to sell though. Would he want to be Kalvin Phillips’ backup? He is playing week in, week out right now.”
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Indeed, with Phillips being Marcelo Bielsa’s only real option as an out and out defensive midfielder, and with Leeds losing six of the eight Premier League games in which the England international has been missing due to injury this season, the position would appear to be somewhere the Whites must add depth this summer.
And, considering how well Yokuslu has performed in a poor West Brom side, as well as the fact the 27-year-old has a Transfermarkt valuation of just £3.6 million, perhaps Victor Orta and his Leeds transfer team should heed Robinson’s advice regarding the Turkey international – as he would seem to comfortably be a Premier League level player, at what is likely to be an extremely reasonable price.
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