The Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling optimistic about their club’s future under Marcelo Bielsa, and recent reports have given them reason to believe a rising Australian talent could be available to sign this summer.
Leeds United’s most recent era of success arrived in the late 90s and early 2000s when the likes of Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and Harry Kewell injected attacking spark and provided entertaining football for the Whites faithful on the terraces at Elland Road. The latter was blessed with a phenomenal technique which is typical of left-footed players, and it’s fair to say that Leeds have been lacking the presence of a player of Kewell’s quality in the past two decades.
However, if Bielsa plays his cards right in the transfer market Leeds could sign a player who is widely regarded as the next Harry Kewell, particularly in Australia namely, Melbourne City’s 19-year-old winger Daniel Arzani – a player who has established a glowing reputation in the past twelve months for his performances in the A-League.
At the end of his first full campaign as a senior player, Arzani was selected for the Australia World Cup squad in Russia where he made 3 cameo appearances of the substitutes bench.
Now that he has returned from international duty it seems that he is set to take another significant step in his career by completing a deal to join Manchester City for just £280,000, according to SBS (via CityWatch).
His transfer to the Etihad will precede a loan move to Dutch partner club NAC Breda or Club Brugge, according to the same report.
But with no loan deal yet in place there’s still time for Marcelo Bielsa to step in and ask his old friend Pep Guardiola to send the teenager to Elland Road this summer.
It’s difficult to judge whether Arzani has the ability to become a success in English football or not based on his short career so far; whilst he has demonstrated dazzling skill and confidence to take on his opposite number in Australia, his end-product has been lacking somewhat – 2 goals and 3 assists from 16 appearances suggest he has plenty to improve upon.
But in an environment where he would be forced to challenge himself and under a manager of Bielsa’s expertise, Arzani could begin to blossom into the calibre of player which has provoked spectators to draw comparisons between him and Harry Kewell since he broke onto the scene in Australia.
There’s no doubt Bielsa would be taking a risk in signing Arzani this summer, but with almost no financial implication involved in completing a loan deal it’s one which is well worth taking.
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