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Leeds eyeing move for “breakout” World Cup star Boulaye Dia

Leeds United remain interested in signing Boulaye Dia, following his side’s World Cup exit last night…

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That’s according to transfer insider Dean Jones, who gave his view on recent reports suggesting that Victor Orta is eyeing a move to bring him to Elland Road.

He told GIVEMESPORTHe’s exciting and he was always going to be one of the players expected to be a breakout from the World Cup.

“He’s very confident, he’s got a lot of belief in himself, the people around him believe that he is ready for the next step in his career and that the Premier League is possible, so it would make sense to me that Leeds and Everton should be seriously looking at him right now.“

Could be an “exciting” signing

As Jones notes, there was always a belief that this Senegalese star would shine in Qatar.

He was one of the most in-form players going into the tournament having scored six times and assisted twice in 14 Serie A games on loan at Salernitana, with the 26-year-old continuing to build upon his seven-goal and six-assist campaign the season prior.

To see him crash out in thumping fashion at the hands of England will be a bittersweet moment for most football fans across the country, given how Dia has been linked to many clubs, but it could now be the catalyst for Villarreal to start fielding offers.

Should the Whites secure him, he has already proven exactly why he would be an exciting signing.

Having scored against Qatar, his pace and power – two qualities that Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo don’t exactly possess – proved a constant threat to the opposition as he occupied defenders with ease.

He would average 2.0 shots per game and nearly put his side ahead last night, forcing Jordan Pickford into a fine save as he blasted a left-footed strike across goal. He consistently caused Harry Maguire problems with his ability to get in behind a key facet of his game and indeed Senegal’s game plan.

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Those efforts on goal would then be paired with a 50% dribble success rate, further outlining him as a multifaceted threat.

Given the continued absence of Bamford through injury, and the recent reliance on the goals of Rodrigo, this deal is exactly what Jesse Marsch needs to add even more firepower to his side in a bid to secure their status in the Premier League.

Any attacking addition is an exciting one, but that is especially the case with Dia. Orta simply must swoop in January.