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Leeds United linked with Rabbi Matondo transfer swoop

Leeds United have been linked with a move for Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo.

What’s the news?

According to a recent report from Bild (via TEAMtalk), Leeds are one of the clubs interested in signing the Welsh attacker this summer.

As a product of Cardiff City’s youth system, Matondo joined Manchester City’s academy back in 2016.

After making 53 youth appearances for the Manchester club where he scored 19 goals and delivered 11 assists, the Welshman then joined Schalke in the 2019 January transfer window for a fee of £11m.

The next Dan James

Last season saw the 21-year-old spend a loan spell with Belgian club Cercle Brugge where he found the net nine times and delivered two assists in 26 league games.

To further highlight his attacking talent, the winger racked up a higher average of dribbles per game (1.7) than any other player at the Belgian club.

The £3.6m-rated attacker also racked up more shots at goal (75) and shots on target (33) than any other figure in the team.

Described as having “electrifying” pace by Ryan Giggs, Matondo could be Leeds’ next version of Dan James as his Welsh counterpart is also an incredibly quick player at Elland Road.

In fact, during the previous Euros, James managed to accelerate to a speed of 33.5 km/h, the second-fastest in the tournament, which highlights just how quick he can be on the pitch.

Last season saw the former Manchester United attacker score four goals and provide five assists in 34 league games in addition to totalling the second-highest number of shots at goal (52) in the squad.

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With that in mind, having the two Welsh wingers in Jesse Marsch’s side could be a real problem for opposition defenders given their lightning pace and ability to score and create goals.

Should Marsch and Victor Orta feel the need to add another attacking figure to his ranks this summer, securing a deal for Matondo would be a good step for the Yorkshire club given his young age and the clear knack he has for being a goal threat.

However, with this report also listing fellow Premier League sides Nottingham Forest and Brentford as well as three French teams as clubs eyeing up the winger, the Whites could have a challenge on their hands to secure his signature this summer.

In other news: Orta can land Leeds’ next Hernandez with swoop for “lethal” £137k-p/w “goal machine”

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