Leeds should sign the versatile Jairo Riedewald on loan to boost promotion chances

Leeds United’s outstanding start to the season continued as they maintained their 100% record with a 2-0 win against Rotherham United at Elland Road on Saturday, and Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa can complete his squad overhaul with a loan move for Crystal Palace outcast Jairo Riedewald.

What’s the word, then?

Jairo Riedewald swings at the ball during Crystal Palace's clash against Huddersfield Town

Well, The Daily Mail report that Eagles manager Roy Hodgson has deemed the Netherlands international surplus to requirements and is ready to loan him out, despite the fact that he cost £8m when he signed from Ajax just over a year ago.

Unfortunately for the 21-year-old, the boss that signed him – Frank de Boer – was sacked in the early stages of the 2017/18 campaign and he suffered as a result by only playing a bit-part role as they recovered from losing their opening seven league games to survive with more than one match left to play.

Meanwhile, Bielsa has strengthened his squad this summer but largely got success from the players that were present at Elland Road before he arrived, but he will surely want to add at least one new face to his ranks to ensure that the Yorkshire outfit maintain their fine form through until January.

Why should they sign Riedwald?

Despite their brilliant start to the season, Leeds still look to need extra cover both at centre-back and in the defensive midfield positions, and Bielsa would kill two birds with one stone by signing the Dutchman on loan.

The left-footed 21-year-old is equally comfortable in either of those positions, and the fact that he is comfortable on the ball, willing to play out from the back and quick mean he will fit into the Argentine manager’s style of play.

Riedewald has had a brilliant upbringing at Ajax that means he also likes to go on surging runs with the ball, and he clearly has the attributes required to excel and make a difference for the Yorkshire club in the Championship.