Leeds United have found themselves being linked with several new recruits this month as the January transfer drama continues to ramp up. According to the Daily Mail, the Yorkshire outfit have registered interest in Swansea City’s Yan Dhanda, along with Bournemouth, Marseille and RB Leipzig.
Whilst the midfielder has been somewhat out of favour for the Swans this season, it could be worth Victor Orta taking a chance on him and bringing him to Elland Road.
According to Transfermarkt, the 22-year-old has made just 12 appearances in the Championship this season and he has one goal and one assist to his name. Whilst this isn’t an ideal window into his abilities as a midfielder, Leeds could be an ideal destination for the playmaker.
Dhanda has a lot of promise – coming from the youth ranks of Liverpool, the England youth international will have enjoyed playing and training in a fast-paced environment. Joining a side like Leeds will be a huge step in his career, which could bring out the best in his abilities.
Sofascore statistics show that Dhanda is fouled on average 1.3 times per match, which indicates that his footwork and movement on the ball can be a handful for opponents, forcing them to commit the foul to stop him in his tracks.
Marcelo Bielsa is known for putting faith in players and building them up to their full potential. Kalvin Phillips is a prime example of this. The 25-year-old came through the club’s academy and is now one of the Argentinian’s first ports of call when it comes to selecting his match day squad.
Bielsa put a lot of faith into Phillips, who is now arguably one of the most dependable defensive midfielders in the league. His Sofascore stats of 2.9 tackles per game is higher than fellow No.6 operators such as Joao Moutinho and Declan Rice. Phillips has thrived under the trust of Bielsa and the Argentinian boss can also turn Dhanda into a solid attacking midfielder if he joins the club.
With a valuation of just £900,000 as well, the 22-year-old will be a very inexpensive signing and one that could potentially work wonders in the Leeds engine room under Bielsa’s watchful eye.
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