Leeds United have been handed a major boost over summer transfer target Matthew Sorinola.
Reports in recent weeks have suggested that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are one of a number of interested Premier League clubs in the versatile left-winger, and that they have made checks on him since the start of the campaign.
Now, TEAMtalk have provided a major update on the situation, saying that the 20-year-old has rejected the offer of a new contract and is set to leave the League One club.
While Sorinola doesn’t play the same position as Kalvin Phillips, he is the kind of young starlet that Bielsa may feel he can mould into a fully-fledged England international just like he has done with Leeds’ main man.
Sorinola appears to have all the tools in his locker to grow into a first-class player, and what Bielsa will be most impressed about is the kind of mentality he possesses even at such a young age.
His manager at MK Dons, Russell Martin, spoke highly of the teenager’s impressive aptitude for defending despite it not really being his natural strong suit. He said: “He’s technically right up there with anyone in the squad – he wants to play. I love his calmness too – for a young lad, he’s so composed. He defended really well.
“People may question his size but when you’re as brave as he is to play with the ball and get in people’s faces and shut them down, he has so much ability and potential.”
That fearlessness and intent to give everything for the cause will be music to the ears of Bielsa, who has worked his magic in turning a promising Phillips into a star at international level.
Sorinola has got the versatility – he can play at left-back and out wide on the right too – to be a real weapon for the Leeds boss, and quite crucially, has the attitude to buy into Bielsa’s methods and workings.