According to reports, Leeds are interested in signing Granada midfielder Yangel Herrera, who is currently on loan from fellow Premier League side Manchester City.
The 23-year-old has been in impressive form for the Spanish side this season, scoring eight goals and providing two assists in 40 games across all competitions.
Now, Leeds United-based podcast Talking Shutt have revealed that Leeds have got their eye on signing the Venezuela international this summer and that he is one of the players they have short-listed.
An earlier report from Goal claimed that the likes of Southampton and West Ham are also keeping a track of Herrera, and are monitoring his situation ahead of a possible move.
Given how he’s developed into a full England international now, it’s no surprise that whenever Kalvin Phillips isn’t in the Leeds team, Marcelo Bielsa’s side just don’t look the same – in the eight Premier League games that he has missed this season, the Whites have lost six and won just two.
So, moving for a midfielder like Herrera makes all the sense in the world, with the 6 foot dynamo predominantly a holding midfielder but able to play a more box-to-box role too – hence his impressive tally of eight goals.
Herrera has already been widely praised by some of the biggest and best in the game, including from Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, who coached him when the pair were at New York City together.
He said: “He’s a tactically intelligent midfielder who is strong in the tackle and reads the game well. Yangel also has a good passing range and spatial awareness, which is crucial for a player in his position.”
And that “awareness” and being able to spot danger is clearly seen in his defensive numbers this season – as per Sofascore, he averages almost two tackles and one interception per game, while he’s an absolute monster in the 50/50s, winning a mind-boggling 8.9 duels per match in La Liga. To put that into context, Phillips averages 2.4 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game, but wins far fewer duels, at 5.6.
The duo are similarly tigerish in midfield, picking up seven yellow cards apiece in the league, while Phillips only commits slightly fewer fouls per match.
In fact, after covering the first leg of Granada’s Europa League clash against Manchester United, the editor of TEAMtalk, James Marshment, tweeted that the midfielder was “lively” and “energetic” and that he “fits the Bielsa mould”.
If Victor Orta is looking for a player to come in and fill the shoes of Phillips, then Herrera looks to be that man.