Phil Hay has reported in his latest Athletic piece that Leeds United have taken a look at MLS side FC Austin attacker Sebastian Driussi after a wonderful 2022 campaign that saw the Argentine star score a huge 25 goals – and six assists.

Driussi, 26, joined Austin in the summer of 2021 and made a solid start. During the second half of the 2021 MLS season, the Argentina Under-20 star scored five goals and laid on three assists in 17 MLS appearances for Austin.

But it was this season, where he really caught the eye. His 25 goals, and 31 goal involvements in 38 appearances has caught the eye. He finished top of the MLS goalscoring rankings in 2022, finishing a goal above Daniel Gazdag.

Hay says Leeds have looked at Driussi. He has shown he can do it in Europe, too. He produced 47 goal involvements in 138 league and cup appearances at Zenit St. Petersburg. At River Plate, he managed 39 goals and assists in 105 games.

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Hay: Leeds have taken a look at MLS attacker Driussi, after 2022 campaign

What a season it was for Driussi. But given his River Plate, and then Zenit form, the standard of the MLS was always going to be beneath the South American. He is easily good enough to shine in Europe’s top five league going forward.

Different to Georginio Rutter in that he is more of a no.10, a striker that likes to drop in deep, he could still be a target. Even if Leeds sign Rutter – who is more of a striker, or a left winger. It is unclear how much Driussi would cost Leeds.

But Austin signed Driussi for around £6million 18 months ago, and that may allow Leeds to get him for a decent fee. Given, that Austin would be making a solid profit on him, thanks to their initial outlay. He has a contract until 2024.

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