If Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen and Marc Roca felt distinctly gettable – the primary two arriving from Jesse Marsch’s former employers and famend promoting membership Red Bull Salzburg, the latter signing after simply six begins in two seasons at Bayern Munich – then the subsequent stage of Leeds United’s summer season rebuild feels, properly, totally different.
From the attainable to the formidable.
With the Yorkshire giants anticipated to lose not solely their prized asset but additionally their most gifted, inventive expertise in Brazil worldwide Raphinha, this feels just like the opportune second for the Leeds board to remind an expectant fanbase that they don’t seem to be within the Premier League merely to make up the numbers.
Raphinha’s impending departure, whether or not to Barcelona, Tottenham or Arsenal, has been held up of an instance of the glass ceiling that exists between Leeds and the division’s bonafide big-hitters. But if Leeds’ succession plan is something to go by, Raphinha’s exit will doesn’t essentially condemn Marsch and co to a different season of treading water.
Can Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech substitute Raphinha at Leeds United?
According to CBS Sports, Leeds see Hakim Ziyech as a ‘viable option’ to exchange the talismanic Brazilian in Marsch’s XI. The logic is sound. Ziyech, like Raphinha, is a right-footed left winger. A highly-technical operator able to reaching double figures for each targets and assists.
“Two years ago, I was in Holland on loan so I knew a bit about him,” says Chelsea team-mate and former Vitesse Arnhem star Mason Mount. “(Ziyech is an) amazing, world class player.”
You can’t actually say the identical about Cody Gakpo or Charles de Ketelaere – not but anyway – however there isn’t a doubting the elite-level potential of two extra gamers on Leeds’ post-Raphinha wishlist.
According to FootMercato, Leeds have their sights firmly fastened on Gakpo; An explosive, versatile ahead who, like Ziyech at Ajax, seems to have outgrown the comparatively small pond that’s the Dutch top-flight. Gakpo, with 21 targets to his identify for PSV final time period, is simpler on the left however he can even play on the correct or by way of the center.
Leeds plan for post-Raphinha period
In distinction to Gakpo and Ziyech, Charles de Ketelaere, the bouffanted Belgian of Brugge, just isn’t fairly a like-for-like Raphinha substitute. Elegant and ethereal, he’s extra of a quantity ten than a spring-heeled wideman. De Ketelaere’s potential to float between the traces and supply defence-splitting passes, nonetheless, ought to give a Leeds facet who relied an excessive amount of on inspiration from out broad final season a distinct form of menace in a extra central function.
According to Fabrizio Romano, De Ketelaere is one other in Leeds’ sights as Raphinha prepares to scrub out his locker.
“To be honest with you, I think De Ketelaere could become the next (Kevin) De Bruyne,” Belgian reporter Alexandre Braeckman tells Pianeta Milan. “His vision is brilliant. He is fast, technically interesting, and he can score quite easily. He can play behind a striker, but he can also be employed as a false nine or a striker.
“His vision in making assists is incredible. De Ketelaere is a really incredible talent, an intelligent guy, also very professional. He has the mentality and the ability to become a world-class player.”
Leeds could also be about to lose their A-list attacker. But the present goes on at Elland Road. And there isn’t a motive why it may well’t be simply as thrilling and binge-worthy as earlier than.
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