With the January transfer window open, Leeds United’s director of football, Victor Orta, will no doubt be on the look-out for new signings.
Reports in recent weeks have linked Marcelo Bielsa’s side with a move for Fiorentina midfielder, Erick Pulgar, and if the the Whites had their eye on La Viola’s clash against Cagliari at the weekend, then they would surely be getting their cheque-book ready.
The Chile international looked in supreme form as his side claimed a 1-0 win, controlling the game in the middle of the park and protecting the back four with ease.
As per Sofascore, he won a mammoth nine of his 12 total duels, which was the most of any player on the pitch, whilst he also made a ridiculous six tackles – again a game-high.
But Pulgar wasn’t just a menace defensively, showing off his range of passing too. He completed three out of his five attempted long balls, and kept things ticking over in midfield.
Leeds know all about the kind of impact a truly dominant central midfielder can bring into a team, having seen Olivier Dacourt really shine under David O’Leary in the early 2000s.
Leeds Live described the Frenchman as a “vital lynch-pin” in that side, adding: “Dacourt was an all-action ball-winner who played right on the edge of the referee’s patience, continually prowling the middle third with the mind-set of seeing how much he could get away with.
“But this is to underplay his creative value; a mixture of precise long and short passing, intelligent use of the ball and steely composure.”
In Pulgar, Leeds could find a player most akin to the powerful Frenchman. At 6 foot 2, the Fiorentina beast could add some extra power and dynamism to Bielsa’s midfield, and not just be a midfield destroyer.
His performance at the weekend proved that he could be a real lynch-pin alongside Kalvin Phillips.