Kevin Phillips has tipped Leeds United to sign Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma as a replacement for Helder Costa this summer [Football Insider].
The Lowdown: Leeds United prepare for 2021/22
Moving into the 2021/22 season, it will be compelling to see how Marcelo Bielsa goes about shaping a team capable of bettering their impressive ninth-placed finish last term.
They have already concluded deals for youngster Amari Miller, alongside ex-Manchester City winger Jack Harrison [The Athletic].
Intriguingly, BBC pundit Phillips has now tipped the Whites to acquire Netherlands international Danjuma. Football Insider noted that, in a tweet from the Voetbal International Twitter account on 24 June which has since been deleted, the 24-year-old made some comments about wanting to join Leeds.
Would Danjuma be a good signing for Leeds United?
The Latest: Phillips backs Leeds to make move for Danjuma
Speaking to Football Insider about comments Danjuma made about potentially departing the south coast for Elland Road, Phillips stated:
“He’s a good player. He was one of Bournemouth’s better players last year. He’s very tricky and super skilful.
“When a player comes out and says that, it just speaks volumes about what Leeds did last season.
“When you’ve got a player coming out and saying ‘I would love to play for Leeds’.
“He could be a good replacement for someone like Helder Costa and he wouldn’t cost the Earth.”
The Verdict: Danjuma would be an excellent signing
Phillips is right to point out the favourable attributes that the Dutchman has as a footballer. He enjoyed a fantastic 2020/21 season in the Championship, registering 25 goal contributions in 37 games for the Cherries with 17 goals and eight assists [Transfermarkt].
Finishing as top scorer at the Vitality Stadium, he also achieved the highest match rating per match across Bournemouth’s entire first team squad, averaging a score of 7.21/10 across the campaign [WhoScored].
Looking ahead to the forthcoming season, Bielsa could do a lot worse than to swoop for the Dutch winger due to his predatory instincts in front of goal and his ability to carry the ball.
He would appear to be a great signing for the Premier League outfit should they decide to pursue him in the wake of his apparent recent comments.
In other news, Leeds close in on signing this teenage wonderkid.
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