Leeds United and drama, name a more iconic duo.
For one reason or another, there is always something to talk about at Elland Road, and while the transfer window that has just passed was largely a success for the Yorkshire club, spending almost £100m on a plethora of talent from Europe’s top leagues, there was one failed deal that put a dampener on United’s summer.
Of course, we’re talking about Michael Cuisance’s failed move to Elland Road.
The Whites had agreed to sign the Frenchman for £18m, and everything looked to be done and dusted before he failed his medical.
A failed medical isn’t always the end of a club’s interest in a player, and often a team will then sign the player at the next possible opportunity, with Ruud van Nistelrooy to Manchester United being perhaps the most famous example of this, but Leeds seem to have well and truly missed the boat with Cuisance.
The Frenchman has now signed for Marseille on loan with an option to buy, and if that option is taken up, Leeds aren’t going to get a second shot at signing him next summer.
You shouldn’t get hung up over something that has already been and gone, but when it’s a player with Cuisance’s potential it’s impossible to not think about what could have been.
The 21-year-old is one of the most highly-rated young players in the world, having been nominated for the European Golden Boy award last year, and under the tutelage of Marcelo Bielsa he would surely have had a great chance of reaching his potential.
It’s not just journalists who vote on the Golden Boy award who rate him highly, people close to him have also raved about how good he is, with his former coach Dieter Hecking seemingly being blown away by his talent.
“Michael is an exceptional player for his age. He’s a game-changer,” Hecking said.
If Cuisance goes on to have the career you’d expect a Golden Boy nominee from Bayern Munich to have, Victor Orta may be haunted by this transfer for years to come.