Leeds United’s chances of survival on the final day of the Premier League season were thin.
They started the day inside the bottom three and with injuries and suspensions cutting through the squad like a knife through butter, there wasn’t really much hope.
Jesse Marsch’s men had to travel to London, a part of the country where for some strange reason, Leeds struggled under the tenure of Marcelo Bielsa.
However, as Victor Orta was all too keen to point out at full-time, Marsch is now the manager and he is very much here to stay.
The curse of failing to win in the big smoke is surely now over as this group of players ensured they left Brentford with three points and Premier League safety in the bag.
It felt like the moment their place was secure, they got to work in the transfer market.
It’s thought that Brenden Aaronson will finally join the club from RB Salzburg but Orta can form a devastating duo by lining him up alongside Noa Lang.
The former Ajax man is now playing his football in Belgium for Club Brugge and has been superb on the flanks. So much so that Football Insider revealed this month that Leeds had been in talks over a potential summer switch.
With that in mind, should Raphinha leave as is widely expected, there would be no better replacement than Lang, someone who in the eyes of FB Ref is a similar player to Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho.
A look at the stats tells you why that assessment has been made.
He ranks in the top 2% when comparing his numbers across Europe’s best five leagues for progressive passes per 90, the top 5% for progressive carries per 90 and the top 10% for dribbles completed.
Sancho, in comparison, also ranks in the best 6% for progressive carries, proving how dangerous the pair can be when given the chance to isolate a defender and take them on.
Lang would be a stellar first signing this summer and if Victor Orta can conclude a deal, supporters may well forgive him for some suspect recruitment in the last few years.