Leeds United could be interested in a deal to bring Joe Scally to Elland Road in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a recent report by 90min, who suggested that, while Leeds scouts in attendance for Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 4-2 win over Borussia Dortmund last Friday were likely focusing on BVB left-back Raphaël Guerreiro, the 19-year-old right-back could well have caught their eye.
The report went on to state that both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United were also casting their gaze over the Gladbach defender during the Bundesliga fixture at Borussia-Park, while the USA international will also be putting himself in the shop window at the Qatar World Cup later this month.
And, while it is true that the right of Jesse Marsch’s defence is already considerably stocked – with the likes of Rasmus Kristensen, Luke Ayling and Cody Drameh all available in the position – considering just how exciting a prospect Scally appears to be, it is not hard to see why Orta could be tempted into a move for the teenager.
Indeed, over his 30 Bundesliga fixtures in 2021/22, the £17.5m-rated full-back was a real threat in attack, bagging one goal, providing two assists and creating two big chances, as well as taking an average of 0.6 shots, making 0.6 key passes and completing 0.7 dribbles per game.
The New York-born talent also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, helping Gladbach keep three clean sheets, in addition to making an average of 1.3 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 1.1 clearances and winning 3.8 duels – at a success rate of 53% – per outing.
And, the £2.5k-per-week sensation has once again caught the eye over his 15 league appearances this season, helping his side keep three clean sheets and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.4 tackles, 0.5 key passes, 2.2 clearances and winning 4.5 duels – at a success rate of 68% – per fixture.
As such, considering the sheer amount of interest in the player who Claudio Reyna dubbed “one of the most talented right-backs in his age group in the world” this winter, coupled with the 19-year-old’s extremely impressive returns in Germany, it would indeed appear extremely advisable for Orta to do all he can to land the youngster in January.
Indeed, Scally would undoubtedly make an excellent addition to Marsch’s current options at the back, and potentially even represent an upgrade on the ageing Ayling.