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Opinion: Leeds would have secured an upgrade on Jack Harrison if they’d rivalled Sivasspor for his signature

Opinion: Leeds would have secured an upgrade on Jack Harrison if they’d rivalled Sivasspor for his signature

Leeds United supporters have largely been disappointed by the performances of Jack Harrison since he arrived from Manchester City in the summer. 

With the transfer window open for business once again, the Leeds fans will be looking at the market and hoping Marcelo Bielsa brings in a new midfielder of some description.

Whether Leeds need a new number ten or a winger is down to personal opinion, but Bielsa’s preference to play Hernandez in a creative number ten role hints that the signing of a new right sided midfielder could be on his agenda.

Discounting Hernandez, there is little for Bielsa to chose from beyond Harrison, but the 22-year-old has proven to be unreliable this season and his limited impact has fallen well short of pre-season expectation.

With that said, Leeds should have been in the market for Fousseni Diabate, a tricky, technical winger from Leicester City who moved on loan to Sivasspor on Thursday (as per BBC).

The 23-year-old international was signed by Leicester in a £1.8 million deal last January, and his initial performances hinted that the Foxes had signed the next Riyad Mahrez: he prefers to start on the right-wing and cut inside onto his favoured left-foot, while he possesses both nimble footwork and pace to burn in the final-third.

Two goals on his debut against Peterborough in an FA Cup 4th round tie gave Leicester fans plenty of reason to feel optimistic about his future, but he slowly faded into obscurity as 2018 progressed and it’s no surprise that he has left the club on loan.

Diabate is a raw talent and it’s difficult to predict what the future holds for him. However, there is evidence to suggest that he can resurrect his career: Mahrez also endured a tough opening to life in English football and Leicester have plenty of strength in wide positions so cementing a starting berth was never going to be easy.

With Harrison struggling for form at Leeds and Bielsa simply running out of options to chose from, a move for Diabate could have provided the club with a genuine slice of flair to frighten Championship defenders, and their failure to capitalise on his availability certainly represents an error of judgement on Leeds’ behalf.

Leeds fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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