Leeds United could find a long-term successor to Gjanni Alioski in MK Dons starlet Matthew Sorinola.
Reports in recent weeks have suggested that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are one of a number of interested Premier League clubs in the 19-year-old, and that they have made checks on him since the start of the season.
Football League World have claimed in recent days that Leeds could face added competition from the likes of Brighton and Swansea, with the Seagulls seeing him having the same potential as Tariq Lamptey.
With Alioski’s contract coming to an end in the summer, and reports even linking him with a move to Galatasaray, the 28-year-old’s long-term future at Elland Road is very much unclear.
In Sorinola however, Bielsa’s concern about losing the versatile Leeds full-back would be eased considerably.
The MK Dons gem has really burst onto the scene this season, making 24 first-team appearances for the club, predominantly at left midfield, but with stints at left-back too.
Much like Alioski has transitioned into a full-back from when he was originally used as a more attacking winger, the same could be done with Sorinola.
His manager at MK Dons, Russell Martin, spoke highly of the teenager’s impressive aptitude for defending despite it not really being his natural strong suit. He said: “He’s technically right up there with anyone in the squad – he wants to play. I love his calmness too – for a young lad, he’s so composed. He defended really well. People may question his size but when you’re as brave as he is to play with the ball and get in people’s faces and shut them down, he has so much ability and potential.”
The fact that he’s a winger right now would make him a perfect option for Bielsa to slowly move him back slightly, but allow him to really be a marauding presence from full-back. Orta could strike gold for Leeds by landing Sorinola ahead of the competition.