Leeds United transfer target Noa Lang would be a major upgrade on recent summer signing Dan James, amid speculation the club are continuing to track the Club Brugge winger.
With a deal failing to materialise however, the Yorkshire club eventually pulled off a deadline day for Manchester United star Dan James.
It’s now been claimed by Football Insider that Leeds remain interested in Lang, and have had scouts keeping tabs on his performances over the course of this season ahead of a potential move.
While it’s still early days for James at Elland Road, he hasn’t exactly shown in his short time at the club, or even with Manchester United, that he’s much of a consistent goal threat – in 52 games in the Premier League, he’s managed just six goals and seven assists.
The 22-year-old Lang on the other hand, has proven for the past couple of seasons he’s very much someone who will embrace the goal-scoring responsibility of a side, netting an impressive 17 times just last season – even his start to this campaign has been note-worthy, bagging four in ten.
And, after a fine performance against KRC Genk, Belgian analyst Filip Joos, said: “He is currently the best player in the league, I think. That‘s really pure class. He sees it, makes eye contact with Mechele who finishes it fine. Fantastic goal, because that pass is also ideal. He is constantly moving, he swings across the field, he likes to dribble, but he will always play it at the right time.”
Lang however, has a few more tricks up his sleeve aside from the kind of pace that James also has. Not only is he a prolific dribbler like Joos mentions, but he also has the vision and creativity to unlock defences – a real upgrade on James who appears to struggle when there isn’t space in behind to run into.
As per Whoscored, he averaged far more shots, key passes and dribbles per game than the Welshman last season, while providing the same amount of crosses and being fouled way more often too – in all the key attacking metrics, Lang has simply outshined him.
It’s also telling that Lang has also delivered considerably more assists than James too, providing 11 last season, and chipping in with four at the start of this one.
The 5 foot 10 ace crucially looks like he has the end product that really marks him out compared to someone like James.