Leeds United are interested in deals to bring both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic to Elland Road this summer.
That’s according to Dean Jones, with the transfer insider revealing in a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT that, despite Newcastle United being interested in a move for both Chelsea players in the coming weeks, Victor Orta has also been keeping a close eye on the situation of the duo ahead of a potential move of his own prior to September’s transfer deadline.
Regarding the interest in the England and USA internationals, Jones said: “Newcastle are very much in the market for those two players, but I know Leeds have been having a look too.”
While it is true that both Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic have fallen down the Blues’ attacking pecking order over the past 12 months, with the duo starting just 11 and 13 Premier League games respectively in 2021/22, it is nevertheless undeniable that both players are incredibly talented forwards who would provide Jesse Marsch with fantastic depth in his attacking arsenal.
Indeed, based on Hudson-Odoi’s 1250 minutes played in the English top flight and European competitions over the last 365 days, FBref rank the £22.5m-rated talent in the top 8% of attacking midfielders and wingers for shot-creating actions per 90, as well as the top 5% for progressive carries, the top 17% for passes completed and the top 21% for assists.
As such, it is clear to see that, when given the opportunity, the 21-year-old is very much one of Europe’s elite chance creators and carriers of the ball – a trait that would undoubtedly be extremely useful in helping Patrick Bamford, or whoever happens to be leading the line for the Whites, hit the back of the net on a regular basis in 2022/23.
Meanwhile, based on Pulisic’s 1608 minutes played in the Premier League and European competitions over the past 12 months, FBref rank the £37.8m-rated forward in the top 14% of attacking midfielders and wingers for non-penalty goals per 90, in addition to the top 15% for non-penalty xG, the top 11% for progressive passes received and the top 23% for touches in the opposition penalty area.
From these stats, it is evident that the 23-year-old is very much in and amongst Europe’s most deadly and progressive wingers in the final third, with the American’s ability in front of goal certainly being a very welcome addition to the returns Bamford achieves – or even a replacement for the England international’s goal should his injury woes continue into 2022/23.
As such, the prospect of Orta forming an attacking trio of Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic who earn a combined £270k-per-week, and the “deadly” – in the words of Phil Hay – Bamford is sure to be one that will strike fear into the hearts of Premier League defenders up and down the country, as this attacking lineup would very much appear to be one worthy of the top half of the top flight standings.