According to Football Insider, Leeds United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Liverpool starlet Yasser Larouci.
Reports over the summer transfer window revealed that Marcelo Bielsa’s side had held talks over bringing the 20-year-old to Elland Road, but a deal failed to materialise before the end of the deadline.
Now, Football Insider claim that Liverpool have “given the green light” for Larouci to leave this month, after he knocked back the offer of fresh terms to stay at Anfield.
The report adds that Leeds aren’t the only side to be keeping tabs on the youngster, with Brentford and Norwich City also said to be in the mix.
Leeds fans know all about a flying left-back, having seen Ian Harte light up Elland Road with a hatful of goals from that position – in 272 games, he scored 35 goals and provided a further eight assists.
And in Larouci, the Whites could find something similar in terms of a full-back becoming a real attacking weapon.
The Athletic’s James Pearce said of him: “Larouci has made big strides forward. He’s an interesting one in itself because he’s a player who came in as an attacker, as a real pacey, strong winger with an eye for goal.
“The staff felt that actually he would be better suited to the left-back role, especially in the Klopp mould where so much of it is providing that attacking outlet. They felt they could work with him and work on his defensive game and he’s another one that’s come on a lot.”
The 5 foot 9 prospect would fit in well with Bielsa’s desire to play entertaining football and be on the front foot, with the man currently occupying the left-back slot, Ezgjan Alioski, bagging two goals in Leeds’ last five games from that position.
But that isn’t to discount what Larouci can bring to the table defensively, with Liverpool’s former U18s boss, Barry Lewtas, adding: “He is lightning quick and a real good personality. Because he is so quick it helps in his one-v-one defending, he is aggressive and is good when he runs into the big spaces and he arrives well in terms of forward runs.”
The pacey Larouci seems tailor made for Bielsa’s system of pressing relentlessly and being involved in transition football, and it’s exactly why Leeds must sign him now that Liverpool seem to have given up securing him to a new deal at Anfield.
And at just 20, and with his “eye for goal” like Pearce said, he could be the second-coming of Harte.