Leeds United could have the opportunity to sign emerging left-back Miguel Gutierrez this summer, but only a loan move would be possible.
The Lowdown: Left-back required this summer
Marcelo Bielsa could be looking to add depth across various areas of the pitch in the next transfer window, but left-back appears to be a key position to address. With Ezgjan Alioski almost certain to leave Elland Road, Leeds will seem light in that department, as Leif Davis is still an inexperienced figure with just 14 appearances to his name.
The Whites have been linked with a host of names to replace Alioski, including Patrick van Aanholt and Nicolas Tagliafico, but Real Madrid youngster Gutierrez is also a name which has emerged as a potential target.
The Latest: Gutierrez could join Leeds on loan
Real Madrid are reluctant to let him leave permanently given his potential, with the 19-year-old having made three first team appearances for the La Liga giants and spending this season at reserve team Real Madrid Castilla.
The Verdict: Better options out there
While Gutierrez seems to be an exciting talent, Leeds need to be making a permanent left-back signing, investing in someone on whom they can rely over a number of years. It is all well and good bringing in the teenager, but should he thrive at Elland Road, he would find himself back in Madrid in no time.
Gutierrez also lacks the top-level European experience of someone like 27-cap Argentina international Tagliafico, who still arguably looks the best option out there for Bielsa. At 28, he has a huge amount of experience but is still in his peak years, while three assists for Ajax this season and an average of two tackles per game would suggest that he is effective at both ends of the pitch.
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