Leeds United have been biding their time in the transfer market this summer with only Lewis Baker officially brought into the club thus far and Jamal Blackman widely expected to sign for the Whites shortly, but a recent report from The Daily Mirror (via Tribal Football) suggests a permanent deal could be on the way in an unlikely form.
According to the report, West Ham’s Domingos Quina could become surplus to requirements this summer due to the club’s spending spree in the transfer market following Manuel Pellegrini’s arrival.
The 18-year-old wonderkid is completely unexposed at the top level but is widely regarded as one to watch for the future due to the quality of his performances at youth level.
Whilst predominantly operating in a central midfield position, Quina has impressed throughout his development in East London and he deservedly made the step up to the senior squad last season for a handful of appearances in cup competitions, most notably in the Hammers’ 1-0 defeat against Arsenal in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.
Quina’s core strengths relate to his technical ability in possession and his willingness to receive the ball under pressure, but at 18-years-old his lack of physicality may prove to be a problem if he eventually makes the switch to Elland Road.
Regardless of the extent of his technical ability, Quina will be muscled off the ball if he even hesitates for a split second against more experienced Championship footballers, but that should not deter Leeds from submitting a bid for his services.
The early signs are immensely promising for Quina as he bids to establish himself in English football and the most important thing for his development at this stage is gaining access to first-team opportunities at senior level.
With Pellegrini’s spending spree well underway it seems extremely unlikely that West Ham will be looking to promote him into the senior squad next season, so the path should be clear for Leeds to sign him on a loan deal with an option to buy.
Although it’s difficult to know what to expect from an unproven youngster, Leeds must ensure that an option to buy is included as part of the deal if they eventually sign him on loan, as rival clubs will certainly be queuing up to secure his services if he were to impress at Elland Road.
Bielsa would certainly need to adopt a patient approach with Quina, but in the long-term future he could turn out to be a bargain acquisition for the club if Leeds are willing to take a gamble on the teenager this summer.
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