Just before the summer transfer closed, Leeds United were on the brink of adding a new midfielder to their ranks. Victor Orta and co were working hard on securing an £18million move for Michael Cuisance, until his failed medical saw the newly promoted club pull out of the deal.
At the time, Marcelo Bielsa was extremely disappointed, as going ahead would mean the Frenchman would be sidelined for a number of weeks (L’Equipe, via TEAMtalk). However, his recent form will have undoubtedly changed the manager’s mind on the failed transfer.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Had Bielsa caught a snippet of how Cuisance would perform this season, he wouldn’t have gotten himself so worked up about not seeing him at Elland Road.
The 21-year-old returned to his native after Bayern sent him out on loan with Marseille. But despite their impressive start to the season, Cuisance has contributed just one assist in 13 appearances so far (via Transfermarkt).
One thing Bielsa is lacking at the moment is creativity from his midfield. Only Mateusz Klich currently stands out as someone who can cause trouble for the opposition. A lot of pressure lies on Patrick Bamford when it comes to finding the back of the net.
The Whites also already have a young, up and coming playmaker in Jamie Shackleton, who hasn’t had much game time this season due to injury and off performances. Had they signed Cuisance, it would only hinder his growth after working so hard to come through the academy.
In the Bayern loanee’s last two appearances, he managed to muster up a measly 20 passes and failed to register a single shot towards goal (via Sofascore). Considering Leeds’ record signing is Rodrigo at £30million, spending half of that on a player who has done little more than Shackleton would have been a huge waste of Orta’s effort and Andrea Radrizzani’s money.
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