Leeds United stay excited by a deal to carry Jose Cifuentes to Elland Highway in the summertime switch window.
What’s the speak?
That’s in line with Andres Ponce, with the Ecuadorian journalist telling Radio Diblu FM (by way of Sport Witness) that various European golf equipment have an interest within the Los Angeles FC midfielder, with Leeds and Brighton & Hove Albion two groups specifically who’re believed to be monitoring the 23-year-old forward of a possible swoop.
Ponce’s declare comes following a report by French media outlet Jeunes Footeux earlier this month, who additionally counsel that the Whites, in addition to Leicester Metropolis, are eager on a transfer for the Ecuador worldwide over what stays of the summer time switch window – with the midfielder anticipated to be obtainable for a determine within the area of £5m.
The following Harrison
Whereas the American leagues aren’t typically a useful resource tapped by Premier League golf equipment, contemplating the quantity of success Leeds have skilled with Jack Harrison – who spent eight years studying his commerce throughout the pond – Cifuentes may effectively be the Whites’ subsequent nice discovery from the MLS.
Certainly, the £5.85m-rated midfielder has been in eye-catching kind over his 22 MLS fixtures thus far this season, scoring six targets, offering 5 assists and creating six large probabilities for his teammates, along with taking a median of two.0 pictures, making 1.1 key passes and finishing 1.8 dribbles per recreation – proving simply how a lot of an asset Cifuentes is within the ultimate third.
The £6.1k-per-week expertise has additionally impressed in metrics extra typical of his place, making a median of two.0 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 29 passes, 1.5 lengthy balls and successful 5.0 duels per outing – demonstrating that the 23-year-old shouldn’t be solely lethal in assault but in addition able to placing within the arduous yards and possessing a watch for a go.
These returns have seen the previous CD Universidad Catolica expertise who John Thorrington claimed has an “eye for objective” common a particularly spectacular SofaScore match score of 7.10, rating him as LAFC’s joint third-best performer within the high flight of American soccer this time period.
And, whereas there could also be a query as as to if Cifuentes would be capable of obtain the identical outcomes upon making the step as much as the Premier League, contemplating simply how effectively Harrison has tailored to English soccer – scoring 28 targets and registering 23 assists over 167 appearances for the Whites – following his time with New York Metropolis FC – the place the winger notched 14 targets and 10 assists over 61 fixtures – it’s clear that, ought to a participant really possess the power, he can certainly be a hit in England.
As such, ought to Orta handle to get a £5m deal over the road for the Ecuadorian sensation this summer time, the Spaniard may effectively have unearthed Leeds’ subsequent Harrison-esque discovery from the MLS – a prospect that’s certain to thrill everybody concerned with the membership, not least Jesse Marsch himself.