Leeds United pulled out of a move to sign Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich in the summer after the France midfielder failed a medical, and he has since joined Marseille – but Tuesday’s display was proof Leeds saved themselves a heap of cash.
Cuisance, 20, broke into Bayern Munich’s senior side last season and clocked up 11 outings for the German champions – even scoring a stunning effort from the best part of 25 yards against Wolfsburg. Leeds agreed an £18million fee (Mail).
However, at the final stage, Leeds pulled out of a move after a medical. Instead, Illan Meslier’s France Under-20 teammate has since joined former Tottenham and Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas on a loan-to-buy deal at Marseille.
The midfielder started against Manchester City on Tuesday night in the Champions League, as goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Ferran Torres and Raheem Sterling saw Pep Guardiola’s side ease to a 3-0 win in France.
Cuisance lasted 84 minutes before being subbed off, but he was poor throughout and certainly lacked the work rate needed for a Marcelo Bielsa team. He managed to complete just 30 of his 41 passes – the third worst in his side (WhoScored).
He failed to make the impact, lacked the instensity and at £18million – he would have been an expensive risk, especially after the medical. Leeds may have wanted to sign Cuisance, but they should be thankful they did not.