May 8, 2021

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Bielsa should urge Leeds to move for WBA’s Yokuslu

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is expected to urge the club to make a summer gesture for West Brom’s Okay Yokuslu amid Paul Robinson’s transfer request.

What is the story?

Yokuslu joined Sam Allardyce’s side on loan from Celta Vigo until the end of the season, and when asked if he could join a Premier League side if the Baggies were relegated, Robinson suggested Leeds as a potential destination.

Speaking to Football Insider, the former White goalkeeper said: “He will be in high demand this summer. He plays in a very similar way to Kalvin Phillips and he’s the type of player Leeds need.

“But it will be difficult to sell. Would he want to be Kalvin Phillips’ replacement? He’s playing week after week right now. I would like to see him play in midfield in other positions. “

Victor Orta’s luck

As West Brom moves towards relegation to the Championship, there is no doubt that some of the Baggies’ best players will appear to be prized by those still in the Premier League.

The frontman will surely be Yokuslu, valued at £ 3.6million, who has been nothing short of a revelation since joining West Brom earlier this year.

His Hawthorns teammate Kyle Bartley spoke lyrically about the kind of impression the midfielder made on the club, saying: “He was brilliant. He seems to have settled in very quickly, which is always important for a player from a new club. You can already see that he is a very good player.

“I thought he was great against Manchester United on his full debut and then he backed that up with another impressive performance on Saturday against Burnley. He is tenacious. He’s good on the ball. He is calm and collected.

According to Whoscored, Yokuslu’s Premier League match average score of 6.91 is the highest of any Baggies player who has played for the club more than once – a real indication of how big influence is that he’s already exercising and the way he’s hit the club. on the ground.

Relegation from the Baggies would give Victor Orta the perfect opportunity to secure a potential deal, and given how he played for Allardyce’s side, he’s a player Bielsa should urge Leeds to make a summer movement.

Given all the talk about how Leeds are trying to find cover for Kalvin Phillips, bringing in Yokuslu from a potentially already relegated West Brom seems like a no-brainer.

Meanwhile, this man could be Leeds’ new Ben White …