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Leeds dodged a bullet on Charles De Ketelaere

Leeds United were linked with all manner of players over the summer, with Jesse Marsch desperate to stamp his mark on a side that narrowly avoided relegation the season prior.

The American also had to contend with the departures of Kalvin Phillips and their top goal scorer from last season, Raphinha.

It was clear that the Brazilian posed a much tougher challenge to replace, as Marc Roca and Tyler Adams were early signings that were expected to shoulder the burden left by their midfield maestro.

Whilst Luis Sinisterra did sign for £21m, there was an ongoing saga throughout the summer that suggested that the Whites might swoop for Charles De Ketelaere.

In the end, the Belgian opted to make a £27m move to AC Milan.

However, since then the 21-year-old has been decidedly unimpressive for the Italian heavyweights.

Will Leeds live to regret the Charles De Ketelaere transfer?

Yes

Yes

No

No

With just one assist and no goals in his first 14 games, he is currently costing them £27m for every goal contribution at the moment.

What seemed like a huge transfer miss at the time, after he had scored 14 and assisted seven in 33 Jupiler Pro League games last season, his start to this campaign suggests that maybe they got away with one.

His manager Stefano Pioli has come to his defence, although did admit to him being “a little down in the dumps”.

For a side like Leeds, who are also struggling, this youngster would likely have wilted further under the pressure.

Marsch’s side sit in the relegation zone after 11 Premier League games and could do without a long-term project to develop amongst their misery.

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The man who they signed instead, Luis Sinisterra, already has three goals and one assist in his first ten games in English football.

They definitely made the smarter decision for their immediate future, as without his goals they would likely be even further adrift than they currently are.

Leeds certainly dodged a bullet when they didn’t sign De Ketelaere, although at the time it seemed like a devastating blow. He has stunk the San Siro out thus far.

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