Leeds United’s transfer activity has stepped up in the past 10 days and eased the fears of plenty of supporters in the process, but if the club are serious about challenging for promotion they should still be in the hunt for a handful of players.
The Marcelo Bielsa reign is beginning to take promising shape ahead of the new season now that the likes of Barry Douglas and Patrick Bamford have arrived at Elland Road. Both of Leeds’ latest recruits will add a significant layer of quality to their attack, but a recent report from the respected Times journalist Paul Joyce suggests that they could make a shock raid for a Premier League talent before the window slams shut.
According to Joyce’s recent tweet, 4 Everton players have been banished from training with the first-team squad by Marco Silva, including Kevin Mirallas.
The news hardly arrives as any sort of surprise considering Mirallas was effectively frozen out of the Everton team last season, although the Belgium international may have harboured a glimmer of hope that Silva’s arrival could enable him to resurrect his career at Goodison Park.
However, any dreams of first-team football at Everton now appear to be left in tatters for Mirallas, so Leeds should capitalise on the situation as soon as possible.
At 30-years-old Mirallas is far from past it, and the quality of his performances in the Premier League throughout his 6-year stint are more than enough to suggest he would become an instant hit at Elland Road.
Although he typically operates on the left-wing in an inside-forward role, Mirallas is capable of playing as a number ten or on the right-wing, and his natural fluidity of movement in the final-third is certainly a quality which Bielsa will be looking for in potential transfer targets.
From 151 Premier League appearances, Mirallas has notched 29 goals and provided 24 assists, which averages out as a more than 1 goal for every 3 appearances made.
Not only would Mirallas provide a killer instinct in the final-third, he would inject a level of creativity and guile into Leeds’ attack which would bring out the best in the players around him.
Wage demands could well prove to be an issue during negotiations, but after falling off the face of the earth at Everton he may be forced to take a pay-cut to kick-start his career and, if he is willing to lower his financial expectations, Bielsa should do everything in his power to lure a dream acquisition to the club.
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