With quite a strong Spanish flair to the Leeds United side, fans are never shocked when more Spaniards, or Spanish-speaking players, are suggested for a role at the club. However, despite returning to the ‘big time’ with the Premier League, some fans might be shocked at the size of player they are able to sign. Last summer, major signings like Diego Llorente and Rodrigo Moreno arrived, albeit to mixed results. Still, it was a clear example of how far Leeds have come under Victor Orta and co.
Thanks to a great first season back that won more friends than foes, Leeds have a lot of interest in them this summer. They play such an aggressive brand of football and are so easy on the eye that most players would like to be involved in such a playing style. However, the links to Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore might feel like one step too far in some ways.
The Spaniard would offer an electric threat on the counter, and a natural replacement for some of the departing wingers that are in the squad at present. Previous reports suggested that Traore would have his pack of UEFA Champions League teams to pick from, but a slow season might just Leeds the chance to pick up the Spaniard.
With such a strong relationship with previous coach Nuno Espirito Santo, Traore will likely look to move on from his time at Wolves this summer. The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with various teams, but stylistically it would make the most sense for him to arrive in Yorkshire.
Why would Adama Traore make sense for Leeds United?
Put simply, he offers the team another element of pace and aggression. Given the teams penchant for dominating the ball and also using space to hit opposition defences for six, Traore would be perfect. At his peak under Nuno, Traore was a playmaking shot creator who could dribble, face opponents up, and be decisive in transitions. As such, expect Bielsa and co. to see a player there whom they could shape into the perfect example of a modern Leeds wide player.
For Bielsa, wingers need to be able to attack and also return to their own side of the pitch to help defend. Traore has never shirked the hard work at Wolves, and was at one stage seen as the perfect option for a wing-back slot in the formation that Nuno played.
At Leeds, the system would change but so would the style. Under the typically more conservative Nuno, Wolves could be aggressive on the break but rarely dominant or forward-thinking. Leeds would offer a more gung-ho approach that might suit the Spaniard far more.
As such, despite being offered moves to various teams towards the top of the English Premier League, Traore might find that the correct move for him might be a move to Yorkshire. Playing under Bielsa could have the same transformative impact on Traore as playing for Nuno did.