Firstly, it was Rodrigo De Paul. But Udinese wanted too much. Then, it was Michael Cuisance who almost joined Leeds United – but a medical saw him end the chances of moving to Elland Road. The lack of addition in that position this season has seen Leeds lack a much-needed body in the middle of the park – but the latest report suggests that are eyeing the ideal man.
Stuart Dallas has come in from left-back to play in midfield, and has been excellent. But is he the long-term answer to replace the struggling Mateusz Klich – probably not. Tyler Roberts is a bit too attacking to play in the Klich role, as is Rodrigo. Leeds need a central midfielder that can add competition to Klich, and allow Dallas to return to his more natural left-back role.
The ideal candidate is being linked with Leeds. Spanish website La Razon say Leeds are battling Leicester and Sevilla for midfielder Orkan Kokcu, who has already earned a huge reputation in Dutch football with his excellent performances with Feyenoord. Impressing in the Netherlands and in the Europa League – Kokcu has even broken into Turkey’s side.
Only 21, Kokcu has already played 70 times in all competitions for Feyenoord this season – having a hand in 21 goals. Scoring nine and creating 12, Kokcu has also shown versatility in being able to play in attacking midfield, as a box-to-box midfielder or even a more deep-lying playmaker. Much like Poland international Klich.
So, Kokcu is already an international player that can play defensively or more attacking in central midfield – and has the stamina to go box-to-box. The report claims Feyenoord will accept offers of just £10million for the player, a bargain in this day and age for a player of his age and stats. He has enormous potential, but Leeds have got to move.
Not only would it help Leeds fans forget about De Paul and any other central midfield concerns, but it would also see them save money to help improve other areas of the pitch – left-back, cover for Kalvin Phillips and up front, for example.