Leeds have been linked with a player who has been in the wilderness for a few years but is currently playing for Spanish side Osasuna. Fran Merida, a name you may recognise from Arsenal or Atletico Madrid has been linked with the club as Leeds continue to make plans for the future.
Merida certainly isn’t a talented youngster anymore he is 27 and has been around long enough to be expected to make an immediate impact wherever he goes. He should really be in the prime of his career and he has no shortage of experience to call upon. Arsenal, Real Sociedad, Altetico Madrid, Braga and Huesca have all come in his career so far and that isn’t all of his clubs. It’s fair to say he hasn’t ever fulfilled his potential but he certainly has ability and Thomas Christiansen may well call upon another Spanish player if he is available come January. Samu Saiz will know the player well having played with him at Huesca a couple of seasons ago.
Merida has been capped at most levels for Spain including a long stint in the under 21’s and he is now a central midfielder. He can play on the wing but he has been around a long time and he can easily make an impact in the Championship if he does make the move from his native Spain back to England. He was very highly rated by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal in his early days and he did make a few appearances, mainly in the league cup. It remains to be seen whether Leeds will make a move for the player but he certainly fits the bill of the sort of players we have been going for.