Leeds United have been handed an encouraging transfer update on rumoured summer target Osaze Urhoghide.
They claim that “Urhoghide has taken the decision that he wants to stay in the UK rather than venture abroad for his next move – although a final verdict on which club he’ll be at has not yet been made.”
Leeds are once again mentioned as one of the sides interested in signing him, with the defender’s contract expiring on July 1.
After a win over Barnsley in March, Owls manager Darren Moore was quick to praise the 6 foot 2 defender, telling The Star: “I don’t like to pick out individuals because I thought they were all excellent, but he was immense today in terms of his performance. In terms of his contacts, in terms of getting in the radar of the opponents and spoiling it – he was absolutely rock solid.
“The back three will take plaudits, and it was a team effort, but if you’re looking at him as an individual I thought his performance was solid today.”
And, if Bielsa needed any evidence of just how promising a talent Urhoghide is, then he need only look back at Leeds’ 2-0 home defeat to the Owls back in January 2020 and the way in which he silenced the Elland Road crowd.
Urhoghide, who was playing at right-back on the day, looked particularly impressive, snuffing out Jack Harrison with ease and being a physically dominant presence.
As per Sofascore, he won a team-high seven duels and three tackles, while he also came up with three clearances and one interception, showing his all-round defensive strength.
It wasn’t just going back towards his own goal where he really stood out either, with the 20-year-old also showing really promising signs further forward as he completed three out of his four attempted dribbles (only Jacob Murphy had more) and drew one foul.
Urhoghide was a massive presence at both ends of the pitch, and given that versatility of being able to play at centre-back and at right-back too, he would offer Bielsa some real versatility, much like Ben White.
The Brighton defender is another name linked with a move to Leeds, but given his supposed price tag, would be far too expensive.
Urhoghide is younger, much cheaper given he would be available on a free, and is similarly exciting in terms of his potential.
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