When it came to Leeds’ transfer activity last summer, it was all about Rodrigo De Paul.
The Argentine was linked with a switch to Elland Road on a regular basis and it seemed at one stage that the player wanted the move himself.
De Paul is still very much a player that United and Victor Orta admire but it’s unlikely he’ll end up in Yorkshire come the end of the January transfer window.
Similarly, it’s also unlikely that Norwich City dynamo Emi Buendia will leave the Canaries for Leeds. Daniel Farke wants to keep him at the club but like De Paul, he was someone they made an enquiry for in the summer.
If Leeds are still trying to pick between the two then their form this season dictates that Buendia can be the only option.
Dubbed a “revelation” by Chris Sutton, the attacking midfielder has been a mesmeric influence for the Canaries in the Championship.
He has scored seven goals and contributed seven assists for Farke’s men, producing performances that defy belief. The diminutive midfielder saved one of his greatest displays for Barnsley last weekend.
Buendia touched the ball on so many occasions that he lost possession a remarkable 28 times but he found the back of the net and completed six dribbles in the process. On top of that, Buendia won a whopping 12 duels in an all-action showing that left Barnsley defenders spinning.
De Paul is a fairly consistent player himself but he’s seldom replicated the 24-year-old’s stats. He’s scored just three goals but he has still been a dazzler with the ball at his feet – performing 3.3 dribbles a match.
That being said, the Norwich attacker is already well-versed in English football and would surely represent a cheaper and safer alternative.
Orta has to at least test the waters with a bid this year.