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Leeds shouldn’t sign Jack Tucker

Leeds may well be headed to the Premier League next season, but that doesn’t mean that the club are going to spend big on every player they bring in.

The Whites’ transfer strategy has always been heavily based around signing young players for the future, just look at last summer where the likes of Rafa Mujica, Liam McCarron and Guille Amor joined the club.

It looks as if the Whites will once again be in the market for another youngster this summer after being linked with Gillingham’s Jack Tucker, but what should they expect if they sign him?

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Tucker has been working with former Leeds boss Steve Evans over the past couple of seasons at Gillingham, and the manager quite clearly thinks very highly of him, stating that he’ll go for millions one day.

“We knew we had less resources so what did we do? We found an Alfie Jones, we found a Tom O’Connor, we found Jack Tucker who we were told was being released from the football club and we gave him a new chance – and he’ll go for millions,” Evans said.

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Evans may think that Tucker is due a big move, but Leeds shouldn’t be the team to break the bank for him.

The defender has had a decent campaign, putting in 1.5 tackles per game, and making 1.3 interceptions per game, but there is one metric he’s really struggling in that United should be wary of.

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His pass success rate is just 46.9 per cent, meaning that the majority of passes he makes are wayward, and that will be a huge hindrance in Bielsa’s side where playing out from the back is so important.

Indeed, three of Leeds’ top five most accurate passers amongst players who’ve played at least 10 games are centre-halves, so it’s clear how important a ball-playing defender is to Bielsa’s side.

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Tucker is only 20, so this could be coached into him, but the fact of the matter is that he doesn’t seem to be a Bielsa player, so Leeds may be best off avoiding this one.

In other news, Leeds should be buoyed by this Andrea Radrizzani revelation.

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