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Leeds United scouting Feyenoord’s Marcos Senesi

Leeds United are scouting Feyenoord star Marcos Senesi as they plot a potential move for the centre-back.

What’s the story?

According to 90min, the Whites are one of a number of Premier League sides, including the likes of Newcastle, Manchester United, Tottenham and Aston Villa who have watched the defender in recent weeks.

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The report adds that: “Feyenoord are currently trying to entice Senesi to sign a new deal as he has just 18-months left on his current contract, but it remains to be seen if they can fend off the growing queue of suitors.”

Better than Liam Cooper

Dubbed a “gladiator“, Senesi looks to be the kind of ball-playing centre-back that Bielsa would surely love to have at Elland Road.

A profile done by Live Score noted: “Since joining from San Lorenzo in 2019, the 24-year-old has quietly developed into one of the most progressive defenders in Europe.

“Impressive with and without the ball, the Argentine centre-back completed more clearances (3.5 per 90 minutes) than any other player across Feyenoord’s two Europa Conference League games this season, as well as having the best passing accuracy (84.76%).”

And, when you compare some of his key stats to that of club captain Liam Cooper, it’s the Argentine who favours considerably better.

As per Whoscored, Senesi averages a far better average match rating than the Scot (7.09 to 6.81), while he commits far fewer fouls per outing and catches opposition strikers more times on average than Cooper too.

And, Senesi also wins a higher percentage of his duels (68% to 63%), and completes more dribbles per game too – making him very much someone who could complement Diego Llorente at the heart of the Leeds defence.

Those stats don’t even mention how much better Senesi is on the ball, having registered more assists, averaging more key passes per game, and also boasting a far better passing accuracy for passes made into the opposition half.

The £16.2m-rated star could represent a real upgrade on Cooper.

Meanwhile, Phil Hay has dropped a Leeds United transfer update…

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