After enjoying a superb first-half of the Premier League campaign with Leeds, it’s fair to say Jack Harrison’s form had just tailed off a little in the past few weeks before the international break.
The 24-year-old has failed to score in his last seven top-flight games for Marcelo Bielsa’s side and picked up just the one assist in that time. It’s also seen the Leeds boss even drop the winger to the bench, with Helder Costa coming into the side for a few games between late February and early March.
But with reports in recent days linking the Whites with a potential big-money swoop for Sevilla star Lucas Ocampos, there’s a real chance that Victor Orta could help land an upgrade on Harrison and help Leeds reach a new level.
As per Whoscored, Ocampos averages more shots and dribbles per game than Harrison and he gets fouled almost four times as often as him too – he’s just a far more dangerous and direct customer when it comes to the final third of the pitch.
And just like Harrison, the winger also works extremely hard for the team too, with La Liga Lowdown’s Gregor Chappelle raving about his “great engine”.
He said: “I was surprised by how good he’s been, turning into one of the most important players in the team. He obviously enjoys playing in Lopetegui’s system and he takes a lot of confidence from being the main man.
“But Ocampos also works really hard defensively. He’ll drop back to cut out quick balls out wide, while the full-back on his side will press the opposition to try and force an error. He’s got a great engine on him as well as physicality and strength, so he provides good defensive cover and gives as good as he gets in 50/50 challenges.”
The £36m-rated gem has also played at the highest level with Sevilla in terms of European competitions, playing in the Champions League this season and being a part of the side that won the Europa League last year.
That level of experience is exactly what Leeds will need to sign this summer to help them reach that next step on the ladder, bridging the gap to the Premier League’s perennial big hitters.
Ocampos’ know-how and experience of playing in high-profile games make him an ideal signing for Leeds.