May 2022 could well be a defining month for Leeds when they reflect back and look on their past.
After sacking legendary manager Marcelo Bielsa, it looked for all the world as though they’d be relegated from the Premier League.
However, this city is tougher than that as the football club ultimately ended up showing a positive mentality and strong resilience under Jesse Marsch.
Goals from Raphinha and Jack Harrison ensured the Yorkshire side stayed up at the expense of Burnley and consequently, they’re now set for a brighter future.
Where Leeds’ story continues remains to be seen and without Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, they could well struggle.
Victor Orta has added three new faces to Marsch’s squad but if their key performers head for the exit door, replacements will need to be sourced.
Tyler Adams could be a natural heir to Phillips and is reportedly edging closer to a move, while the “unstoppable” Traore, in the words of Carles Gil, would be the replacement for their Brazilian sensation.
In full flow, the Spaniard is a well-oiled (quite literally) steam train hurtling towards goal as he combines remarkable pace with tantalising dribbling.
It’s easy to see, therefore, why he’s attracted the interest of Leeds with Orta seemingly appealed by the idea of signing him according to reports.
The Spain international could have joined Barca for £25m this summer but they refused to pay an option to buy clause in his loan contract from Wolves.
The 26-year-old has never been one to rack up ridiculous numbers with the flying winger scoring just four times in the last two seasons.
With that in mind, signing the Wolves man might be somewhat questionable but despite his lack of end product in the final third, he’d still be exciting at Elland Road.
After all, this is someone who completed a whopping 4.2 dribbles per game in the Premier League last term, a tally that defeated every single player in the division except Allan Saint-Maximin.
It’s hardly a surprise that he’s been compared to Jadon Sancho with FB Ref’s similar players model dictating that they’re rather similar players.
His ball carrying is up there with the elite of the game and that would put him in good stead to create a rather dynamic duo with that of Adams.
The American midfielder looks closer to sealing a switch to Leeds and judging how he sits in the top 25% for progressive carries and best 20% for carries per 90 minutes compared to positionally similar players in Europe, they have a lot in common.
Combining Traore and Adams next term would certainly improve Jesse Marsch’s side’s ability to progress the play up the field quickly.