With the transfer window now open Victor Orta has plenty of pondering to do. Against sides in and around them, Leeds are superb. However, when they face the bigger teams in the Premier League on the road, they struggle.
Unfortunately, it’s very unlikely Leeds will be too active in the transfer market. That’s when you consider what happened with Jean-Kevin Augustin last January.
The Frenchman signed on loan from RB Leipzig but failed to flatter Marcelo Bielsa and thus, only played 48 first-team minutes.
Trying to adapt to Bielsa’s training methods are tough as it is, let alone when you’re coming in midway through the season.
Yet, one player who could be suited to the physical demands of the Argentine’s play style is Adama Traore. The Spaniard was linked with a move to Leeds late last year and a fee of £40m was quoted.
That’s a lot of money for a club who failed to cough up the sum required to land Rodrigo de Paul last summer.
The former Barcelona prodigy hasn’t been at the races this season but he was phenomenal against Brighton this weekend in Wolves’ 3-3 draw.
He was everywhere and proved to be a menace to the Seagulls’ backline, amassing as many as nine dribbles during his 90 minutes on the pitch. It got even better though. Traore won a mammoth 16 duels and was fouled on four occasions.
Although he failed to find the back of the net, this was about as complete a performance as you can provide without scoring. It was everything the Spain international is about – pace, power and sheer force.
The 24-year-old was a brute, doing his job offensively and defensively to near perfection. Traore won two tackles and one interception, tracking back well. Coincidentally, this all came in a week where club-record signing Rodrigo was poor, winning just two duels against Tottenham and being bullied by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
If any weekend summed up why Orta needs to move for one of his targets, this was it.