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Leeds target Mykola Matviyenko is a perfect fit for Bielsa

Leeds United’s hunt for a new centre-back continues to rumble on this week…

What’s the word?

According to 90min, the Yorkshire giants are one of several top-flight teams taking an interest in versatile Shakhtar Donetsk defender Mykola Matviyenko this summer.

It’s claimed that Everton, West Ham and Wolves are also keen along with many clubs across Europe.

Who should Leeds sign at centre-back?

Rob Holding

Rob Holding

Mykola Matviyenko

Mykola Matviyenko



Daniel Ayala

Daniel Ayala

There is a belief that the 24-year-old could be available for just £20m which would make him a rather affordable asset for the Premier League newcomers.

Left-sided Ayling

Aside from being able to play centre-back, the Ukrainian international is able to play at left-back too and we know how much Marcelo Bielsa likes his players to be multi-positional.

Think of Stuart Dallas, who is really United’s utility man, Gjanni Alioski and the more comparable Luke Ayling.

The 29-year-old is primarily a right-back but has filled in at centre-back when Bielsa opts for that infamous 3-at-the-back system, so Matviyenko could become a similar option especially as the pair are around the same height.

He’s picked up bags of experience at an elite level already, ranging from 20 appearances across the Champions and Europa League to his 26 caps for Ukraine.

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Which player registered a goal and assist in Leeds' 3-1 win over Bristol City on the opening day of the season?

Matviyenko’s performances for Shakhtar saw Arsenal come in with a bid during the January transfer window but that never came to fruition.

His suitability for Bielsa is reinforced when delving into the stats – he attempts, on average, 70 passes per 90 minutes of which 94% are accurate and the defender also wins just under 5 interceptions per 90 too.

The 6-foot star may not be the Ben White that many are looking for at Elland Road, but he could be quiet easily another gem that Bielsa unearths to the rest of the league.

AND in other news, Leeds set for Orta mistake as transfer target edges towards rival move

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