Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing Metz midfielder Farid Boulaya as Marcelo Bielsa eyes up summer reinforcements.
The Lowdown: Midfield depth required
The Whites finished ninth in the Premier League last season, and while that was an undoubted success, it is important that they kick on in 2021/22.
For that to happen, new signings could be needed so that the squad doesn’t become stagnant or threadbare should injuries arise.
The Latest: Leeds linked with Boulaya
The 28-year-old scored six goals and registered eight assists in the French top flight last term and Marcelo Bielsa sees him as a strong option to bring in at Elland Road.
The Verdict: Strong option for Whites
Boulaya could be a shrewd addition by Leeds, possessing undeniable quality going forward and also having experience at the top level, making 61 appearances in Ligue 1.
It was from the French top flight that the Whites signed Raphinha last year and the Brazilian had a strong first campaign in Yorkshire, leading the way for key passes with 2.1 per game. Boulaya’s average for this metric was even higher last season as he recorded 2.3 per match, indicating a strong ability to unpick opposition defences.
The four-cap Algeria international‘s current £8,300-per-week deal expires next summer, so Metz may feel that now is the time to cash in and receive a healthy fee for him, which could play into Leeds’ hands perfectly.
In other news, Leeds are believed to have pulled out of a deal to sign one player this summer. Find out who it is here.
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