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Leeds: Victor Orta must move for Jack Rudoni

Having been linked with a move to Leeds United earlier this year, Victor Orta appears to have been given a boost in his potential pursuit of the central midfielder this summer by AFC Wimbledon manager Mark Bowen.

Following the Dons’ relegation to League Two, Bowen admitted that it will be difficult for his side to keep hold of some of their more talented prospects, stating in a recent interview with the South London Press:

“I am under no illusions that the club have got to do things that they need to do to financially survive – I am aware of that. If it comes to a situation where certain individuals have to leave, then what is most important is that it’s right for the club in terms of the money that we get and if we can replace them to the right level.

“It’s not an exact science, but I am certainly very much aware of where AFC Wimbledon are in terms of being able to keep players who are maybe getting offers from bigger clubs in higher leagues – it’s a difficult situation to try and fight against.”

And, while the 20-year-old is not specifically mentioned by the 58-year-old coach, it is clear from Rudoni’s displays this season that he is very much a player who could be on the move this summer.

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Indeed, over his 41 League One appearances this term, the £910-per-week youngster was one of the Dons’ standout performers, scoring 12 goals, registering five assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of two shots, making 0.9 key passes and completing 0.8 dribbles per game.

The midfielder also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of 0.9 interceptions, 1.7 tackles, 1.1 clearances and winning five duels per fixture.

These returns saw the Wimbledon academy graduate who Mark Robinson dubbed a “complete” talent and Dan Marsh labelled a “cracking player” average a quite remarkable SofaScore match rating of 6.96, ranking him as Bowen’s fourth-best player in the third-tier of English football – a rather extraordinary feat considering his tender age and his club’s relegation from the division.

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As such, it is clear to see that, should Leeds indeed reignite their interest in Rudoni this summer, they could “pick up a real gem” in the shape of the 20-year-old – who undoubtedly looks to have an exciting future in the professional game.

And, with Orta having landed the likes of Lewis Bate from Chelsea, Joe Gelhardt from Wigan Athletic and Sam Greenwood from Arsenal in recent seasons, all of whom have gone on to feature in the Whites’ first team in the current campaign, considering the sheer amount of potential it is clear Rudoni possesses, the Wimbledon youngster could quite easily become the Spaniard’s next diamond in the rough.

AND in other news: Orta must now axe £13.5m-rated Leeds dud on “silly money”, he’s a “problem” for Marsch

Article title: Leeds: Victor Orta must move for Jack Rudoni

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