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When it comes to the January transfer window, there is unlikely to be a period of time that Marcelo Bielsa and Víctor Orta despise so much.
In the last two years it has been filled with crushed emotion. In January 2019, a deal had been closed. wrapped to sign Daniel James from Swansea. The electrifying winger was photographed on Elland Road and even signed the contract before the Swans couldn’t pick up the phone and approve the measure.
Consequently, it will take very special circumstances for Leeds to do something this January. Fortunately, those conditions can be met at Riqui Puig.
The young Barça’s contract ends at the end of the season and Leeds was the first linked with the player towards the beginning of the month. Yet now they face competition Arsenal for his signature in what will be a close battle.
Do you miss Samu Saiz?
the £ 18 million The midfielder is a very promising person and possesses all the characteristics necessary to thrive in the Bielsa system.
Writing about Puig in The Athletic in December 2018, journalist Kevin Williams said: “Puig plays that strange tightrope like Iniesta, even when we should avoid any comparison. When you have the ball, it moves, it makes the ball move as if you both have a place to go: forward. Puig rarely makes a pass other than forward. “
This is a brilliant review from a young man who has only gotten better in the last two years. In fact, he is quite similar to a Leeds player of yesteryear: Samu Saiz. Of course, Puig’s potential is much greater, but Orta could finally replace the diminutive Saiz with the Barça star.
Why is this? Well, they are both creative dynamos with the ability to explode with their technical prowess.
Let’s focus on Saiz’s final campaign in Leeds here. He kneaded 1.5 He dribbles per game in the championship, takes 1.8 fouls and provides the same number of key passes per game.
Now, if we analyze Puig’s 2019/20 season, you will see the all-powerful parallels. The 21-year-old registered 1.1 He dribbles at a higher level and provided 1.7 key passes in the Champions League.
It’s clear why Leeds need to beat Arsenal until signing. Puig is a wonderful ball carrier.
And in other news, the Leeds ace who played in “cruise control” was Bielsa’s true hero against the WBA …