Leeds have been today linked with out-of-favour Sporting Lisbon centre-back Tobias Figueiredo. The 23-year-old defender has been loaned to other clubs since breaking into the Sporting side but has played 15 times for the side recently knocked out of the Champions League.
There is some varied opinions on this story today, the fact that it has come from the Portugese press means there is almost certainly some interest in the player from Leeds, we learned that in the summer when news would come out about players from all over Europe. Leeds are also short of players in more than one area and a centre-back probably wouldn’t be a bad shout at all. The early season form of captain Liam Cooper impressed but it dropped off and although he has played better the last few weeks it’s not set in stone that he is the partner for Pontus Jansson going forward. Conor Shaughnessy has impressed but is young and Matthew Pennington hasn’t managed to nail down a place at all since his loan from Everton.
Like many of the other players who joined we certainly can’t form an opinion but we do know that he is on the books of a big club in Sporting Lisbon, and a club that are famous for producing talent from their youth academy, the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani the most famous in recent years. At 23 there is still room for him to improve his game massively but whether Leeds do look to sign this player, given the fee involved remains to be seen. You would expect him to be good technically coming from Sporting but whether or not the Championship is the right move for him we will wait and see. His recent loans abroad could mean he is open to moving on a permanent basis, January is certainly going to be an interesting month anyway.
Before you write off the player because he is from another European league, look at Wolves.