Leeds United fans are not used to transfer windows such as this one. We are everywhere but with a sense of purpose. This is not your mad scramble that we have become used over previous windows. This is not the Massimo Cellino window where a whole host of players were dumped on us. Strange times, very strange times.
We have Spain’s no.9 in Rodrigo Moreno. We’ve just snaffled an up-and-coming German international in Robin Koch. Strange thing is, we don’t seem to have finished. One of those said to be under consideration is Udinese central midfielder Rodrigo de Paul. It seems like ‘Wow’ after ‘Wow’ at the moment for us. Like I said, strange times.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 30, 2020
Respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio adds to this saying that De Paul’s future “seems to be far from Udinese” and that Leeds are “trying seriously” for the Argentine midfield machine. He adds that “contacts are underway in London” between the Whites and Udinese head honcho Gino Pozzo in order to close the deal. De Marzio adds that “Leeds is looking for a quality and quantity midfielder” and, by looking at the following graphic from Smarterscout, you can see what he means.
Instantly you can see that he predominantly operates down the right, as can be seen by the size of the blocks showing game actions. He also gets forward to operate in the opposition half. He prefers to play more medium-range passes (green blocks), although there are a mix of long passes (yellow blocks) and some short ‘give-and-go’ style passes (blue blocks) in there. He also gets around the pitch – basically, he is everywhere!
Using their grading system out of 99 (a bit like FIFA), de Paul is rated highly. He’s given a 95 for his attacking output, 62 for the quality of his defending and 86 for the quantity of defending that he does. His passing towards goal is rated 88 and his dribbling 91 with his shooting given a 77 rating.
He scored 7 non-penalty goals last season for Udinese with these goals coming at the rate of 0.08 per shot – basically he scores on 8% of the shots he takes which was better than the xG of 0.06 (6%) per shot. He was involved in 76% of the moves that led to a Udinese goal and 64% of the moves that led to a shot, showing that he’s a player heavily involved in build-up play.
He’d be a great fit to Leeds United’s ‘run all day’ midfield engine room.