Leeds have been tipped by bookmakers to strike a deal for outcast Tottenham Hotspur man Dele Alli (via Leeds Live). The Whites are 25/1 to be the ones to prise the midfielder away from north London after he has fallen drastically down Jose Mourinho’s pecking order.
No asking price has been set for the 24-year-old, but Transfermarkt currently values Alli at £46million, which may be a little beyond Leeds’ budget, but he is definitely a player that would warrant such a fee. Considering the fact that Andrea Radrizzani splashed a club record £29million on 29-year-old Rodrigo over the summer, it’s not an unfair amount for Alli.
Marcelo Bielsa is currently relying heavily on Patrick Bamford to score the bulk of the team’s goals. Out of the 14 Premier League goals the Whites have scored so far this season, 50% have come from the 27-year-old target man. Matheus Klich and Helder Costa are tied for the next highest goal tally, with two each to their name (via BBC Sport).
Leeds’ lack of goals from the rest of the team is astounding and they will soon land in seriously hot water unless they can find the back of the net more often. It’s not so much about signing another prolific goalscorer, but ensuring that Bamford has the service he needs to do his thing in front of goal.
By signing Alli, who has worked with clinical attackers Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, the Leeds star will be set up with creative balls and passes each time the two play together. The Spurs man’s knowledge of how a typical striker like Kane scores his goals will be invaluable wisdom that can rub off onto Bielsa’s tactics with Bamford.
Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was always heaping praise on Alli during his time at the club, and lauded him as having “unbelievable maturity and quality” from a young age.
Leeds are currently 15th in the table, but after suffering back-to-back heavy defeats, their morale could have taken a pummelling. In order to survive their returning season, Bielsa and Victor Orta must act fast and consider striking a loan deal for Alli in January. Should things go well, a permanent move can be discussed in the near future.