Leeds United could seal a bargain deal for Raphael Guerreiro in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Leeds Live, who claim that, following a number of recent reports linking Victor Orta with a move for the Borussia Dortmund left-back, the Spaniard could indeed launch a bid for the 28-year-old this winter – with the defender potentially available for a cut-price fee as a result of his current contract at BVB being set to expire next summer.
However, the report goes on to state that Edin Terzić’s side are likely to offer the Portugal international a new deal at Signal Iduna Park upon his return from the Qatar World Cup in December, which could result in the Bundesliga side playing hardball when it comes to the potential sale of the full-back in January.
Considering just how impressive Guerreiro has been for club and country so far this season, it is not hard to understand why Orta would be interested in a move for the 28-year-old this winter – especially if he were to be available on a cut-price deal.
Indeed, according to FBref, the £17.5m-rated talent ranks in the top 3% of full-backs of Europe’s big five leagues for non-penalty goals per 90, as well as the top 5% for non-penalty xG, the top 6% for shots, the top 24% for assists, the top 27% for xAG and the top 21% for shot-creating actions over the last 365 days.
The £59k-per-week defender also ranks in the top 12% of full-backs for passes attempted per 90, in addition to the top 17% for passes completed, the top 8% for progressive passes, the top 14% for dribbles completed, the top 22% for touches in the opposition and the top 10% for progressive passes received over the past 12 months.
To put these metrics into context, over Guerreiro’s 12 Bundesliga appearances so far this season, he has scored one goal, registered two assists and created four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 0.9 shots, making 1.2 key passes and completing 0.9 dribbles – at a success rate of 65% – per game.
The 28-year-old has also impressed in metrics more typically associated with his position, making an average of 1.4 interceptions, 1.5 tackles, 0.7 clearances and winning 3.0 duels – at a success rate of 56% – per match, with these returns seeing the left-footer average an eye-catching Sofascore match rating of 7.04.
Furthermore, the 59-cap international has also highly impressed over his two outings at the Qatar World Cup so far this month, having already provided one assist and created one big chance for his side, in addition to making an average of 1.5 key passes, one interception, 0.5 tackles and winning 2.0 duels – at a success rate of 57% – per game.
These returns have seen the “unreal” left-back who has very much lived up to that billing in the Middle East this autumn, average an extremely impressive Sofascore match rating of 6.95, currently ranking him as Portugal’s joint seventh-best performer in the competition – playing a key role in Fernando Santos’ side securing qualification for the last 16 after just two games played.
As such, with Guerreiro quite clearly being an incredibly talented attack-minded full-back, as well as one who also impresses in the defensive side of his game, the argument that the Portuguese star would make an exceptional addition to Marsch’s current options on the left of his backline is an extremely easy one to make – especially for a potentially reduced fee.