With Diego Llorente appearing to have found his fitness and feet in the Premier League, Marcelo Bielsa may want to bring in another defender to play alongside him or as part of a rotation pattern and Omar Colley could fit that role according to Forza Italian Football editor in chief Conor Clancy.
Colley has been tipped for a move to Elland Road after standing out for Sampdoria recently and with Liam Cooper in the side as well it would allow the defenders to have a rest period from Bielsa’s demanding style of play.
Since moving to Sampdoria in 2018 he has constantly stood out and this season he achieved a 6.90 WhoScored rating in a Sampdoria side that finished ninth and his willingness to take risks by bringing the ball into midfield is very impressive.
If Leeds did move for Colley he could be an extremely entertaining player to watch for both sides as he can be unbelievable on his day but also capable of mistakes, something Clancy explained exclusively to Football FanCast:
“Colley is someone that if I’m at a game and he’s got the ball, I’m thinking right, something could happen here and not for the team he’s playing for because you just expect him to make a mistake.
“In a Bielsa side where chaos is introduced that little bit more I think it could be beautiful, but also disastrous, and often in the same game. I wouldn’t say he’s better than Llorente but he could possibly play alongside him or even just be a back-up.”
Colley is still just 28-years old so he is just about to enter the peak years of his career and if Bielsa can encourage him to keep taking risks to get the ball forward quickly, he could unearth a real gem.
Playing in such an energetic and high energy team could suit Colley’s style of play compared to Serie A where the tempo is often a lot slower and balanced.