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Leeds United: Pete O’Rourke believes Ounahi deal would excite fans

Leeds United potentially signing World Cup star Azzedine Ounahi would be exciting for fans, Pete O’Rourke has claimed.

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The midfielder has been linked with a possible move to Elland Road after standing out as his Morocco side reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in Qatar.

A deal for the 22-year-old, who plays for Angers in Ligue 1, could be considered something of a coup for Leeds given that Barcelona were also reportedly interested in him.

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Speaking to Football FanCast, O’Rourke claimed that the signing – if it happens – would excite Leeds fans, and he would fit into the team well.

He said: “Jesse Marsch likes to play on the front foot and have energetic players in pressing, and also likes to play attacking football.

“I think he’d be somebody who would really excite Leeds fans if they were to get him.”

A balanced midfield

Summer signings Marc Roca and Tyler Adams have slotted straight into the Leeds midfield, and the addition of Ounahi could complete a well-balanced trio.

Roca, 26, and Adams, 23, represent a young, talented pair, with tenacity and technique in their locker, and Ounahi would come in and add a bit of style and flair to the side.

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Roca ranks in the top 7% of midfielders for progressive passes, Adams ranks in the top 6% for tackles and blocks, and Ounahi ranks in the top 1% for dribbles as per FBref. All three together in the same side under Marsch could produce some excellent football, and help Leeds push further up the Premier League table.

Signing a World Cup star would be a big statement, and if he settles quickly, Ounahi could be the key to surviving relegation.