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Leeds can bin Junior Firpo by signing Jesus Vazquez

Victor Orta has boasted plenty of transfer successes over his tenure as Leeds United‘s director of football, often using his connections within the game to lure high-quality assets to Elland Road.

Arguably the crowning jewel in his success was Raphinha, who they bought for just £17m and sold this summer, two years later, for £55m.

However, not every transfer can be seen as a win, and as is often the way there are some regrettable purchases to note.

One of his biggest failures to date is his inability to finally fix the club’s left-back situation, although it seemed like he might have stolen a coup when he secured a deal for Barcelona’s Junior Firpo for just £13m.

Billed as an all-action full-back, it was clear from the minute he began at the Yorkshire outfit that he was not the right fit.

With an erratic nature that often left him prone to defensive frailties, he has let down both Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch on numerous occasions now.

In his few appearances this season he has endured a 6.3 average SofaScore rating, and last year where they narrowly avoided the drop he maintained an abysmal 6.6 rating throughout.

This explains Orta’s persistence in finding his replacement, with Sport Witness relaying information from Radio Marca Valencia that details the Whites’ interest in Valencia defender Jesus Vazquez.

It is expected that the financial pull of the Premier League might give them the edge in this sage, with Inter Milan also battling for the youngster.

Not only this but should the Spaniard not be handed enough minutes, a clause in his contract can activate that will all but seal his exit from the Mestalla.

Although the 19-year-old has only made 22 senior appearances for the Spanish outfit, CIES Football Observatory already values him at €10m (£8.6m).

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Noted as an “exciting prospect” by football talent Scout Jacek Kulig, his offensive and defensive characteristics both seem exemplary for someone so young.

Whilst ranking in the top 1% for dribbles completed per 90, he also averaged only 0.9 fouls per game last season, where he was handed his first real run of games in the senior side.

Those numbers are a stark contrast to Firpo, who has also been competing in one of Europe’s elite divisions as he ranks in the top 15% and managed far more fouls (1.6) per game.

Still clearly incredibly raw, there are vast amounts of untapped potential just waiting to be unleashed. Should Leeds sign him, there is little worry that he can perform at a level above what they have become accustomed to seeing.

So by signing the Valencia teen, Orta could finally help Leeds ditch Firpo for the greater good on the pitch.

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