After arriving on a free transfer from Juventus back in August 2017, it’s incredible to think that Ouasim Bouy has still yet to make a competitive appearance for Leeds United.
The 27-year-old Dutchman, described as having a “golden left foot”, has spent a couple of seasons out on loan, and some time side-lined with the Whites’ U23s.
Bouy’s signing has been a perplexing one for the Premier League giants, and that has seen desperately try to get rid of him on numerous occasions – in fact, reports as recently as October suggested that Leeds were planning talks with the midfielder about offering him a pay-off to leave.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay revealed that after Bielsa took over from Paul Heckingbottom in the summer of 2018, the Leeds boss “wrote off” Bouy and left him without a squad number.
And writing back in February of last year, Hay said: “Profit and sustainability (PnS) limits have made it difficult for the club to sever his deal. They are understood to have discussed potential settlements without reaching an agreement.
“Bouy is likely to remain on the books until at least the end of this season and possibly longer if he holds out for all the money he is owed. In terms of PnS, it is easier for Leeds to keep him on the wage bill at present than it is to pay him off with a lump sum.”
With his contract now finally set to come to an end in the summer, it’s time for Leeds to make one last attempt to try and get at least something in terms of a transfer fee before he leaves as a free agent.
It would allow the Whites to salvage something from what has undeniably been an unmitigated transfer disaster.