Leeds have had a happy festive period but now it’s over to Victor Orta.
The transfer window opened today and with it, the Spaniard will need to address whether the Whites need to be active in the market.
It feels unlikely that Leeds will conclude any business when you consider the dramatic sagas of both Daniel James and Jean-Kevin Augustin over the last two years.
However, with a host of defensive injuries, they could be tempted to enter the market for a centre-back.
Though, they are unlikely to find one at PSG where they are still monitoring a player they wanted to sign in the summer. That happens to be German star Julian Draxler.
A few ramblings did the rounds in the summer months suggesting they wanted to land the 27-year-old and now it’s been revealed that Leeds are still very much interested in bringing him to Elland Road.
That’s according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) who state that Leeds like the look of Draxler. If a deal isn’t concluded in January, then he’s set to become a free agent in the summer.
PSG signed the attacking midfielder for a fee of £30m so are set to make a hefty loss on their investment.
Forget Rodrigo, this would undoubtedly be the biggest coup Leeds would seal in terms of modern transfers.
Draxler is a World Cup winner with Germany and played a vital hand in helping the Parisians reach the Champions League final last year. In short, he is a fabulous talent capable of shining in any major league in world football.
You only need to look at the appraisals he received when he was still rising through ranks. Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt once labelled him an “extraordinary talent” and it’s clear to see why that assessment was delivered.
Draxler is a magician on the ball, has earned 54 caps for his country and is a creative mastermind. He can pick passes that very few others can, and that’s why Leeds could finally replace Pablo Hernandez with him.
The Germany international is capable of playing on the flanks – like Hernandez – and he can also feature as a number 10 behind the striker.
He racked up seven assists last term and if you compare their respective careers, Draxler comes incredibly close to replicating the Leeds star’s chance creation. The PSG midfielder has amassed 1.3 key passes per game compared to the 1.9 completed by Hernandez.
With Draxler now in his prime, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he began to close the gap.