Leeds target Goncalves would be perfect Hernandez replacement

According to Portuguese reports, Leeds United are chasing 21 year-old Benfica winger Diogo Goncalves.

What’s the story?

Leeds are reportedly lining up a summer swoop for Goncalves as they look to add more creativity and goals to their attack for next season.

Goncalves has scored eight and provided eight assists for Benfica B in the Portuguese second tier this season, and is highly regarded in Portugal.

The report claims that the impressive young winger, who is a client of super agent Jorge Mendes, is a “priority” for Leeds this summer. This comes shortly after owner Andrea Radrizzani’s absurd Twitter rant over Wolves’ use of agents in the transfer window.

Goncalves was linked with a season-long loan deal to Wolves last summer.

Should Leeds pursue the youngster?

Leeds fans have often been frustrated by the amount of signings they make from lower tier European leagues, but this one would be too good to pass up. Goncalves is a major talent, and to contribute to 16 goals from the wing at such a young age is impressive in any league.

There has been a real lack of pace, excitement and creative spark at Elland Road this season, and with Pablo Hernandez looking likely to leave when his contract runs out, Goncalves would bring everything Hernandez did and more.

The speedy youngster is skilful, surprisingly strong, and an excellent crosser and set piece taker. He even grabbed an assist in one of his three Primeira Liga starts for the senior Benfica side and was trusted to make four Champions League starts. The 21 year-old is still waiting for his first senior international cap, but has represented Portugal at U15, U16, U17, U18 and U19 level.

Goncalves may be a rough diamond, but he is a diamond nonetheless. If Radrizzani does indeed plan to follow Wolves’ transfer model as he indicated on TalkSport last week, then the Portuguese youngster would be an excellent starting point.

Leeds fans, would you like to see a move for Goncalves this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…