By Joe Ellis

26th Jun, 2022 | 7:10pm

Adama Traore needs Leeds United to find final piece of his jigsaw

With three signings already confirmed, Leeds United are looking to continue their busy summer and could turn to the Midlands next.

Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore is the man on Jesse Marsch’s summer shopping list and there have already been discussions at Elland Road to put together a deal to bring the Spaniard to Yorkshire [Daily Mail, 26 June, page 150].

The talks over signing a new winner have been accelerated to this summer with the future of Brazilian trickster Raphinha far from certain and Traore is not the only man on the Whites’ radar.

Charles De Ketelaere, 21, from Club Brugge and Cody Gakpo, 23, from PSV Eindhoven have also been discussed within Thorp Arch as potential replacements for Raphinha should he leave the club this summer.

But it should be Traore who Leeds United aim to sign first and foremost because Marsch may well be the man who can find that final piece of the jigsaw to turn him into a truly world-class talent.

Adama has never had an issue with speed, clocking the third-fastest top speed in the Premier League last season at 36.6 kilometres per hour [Planet Football], and his sheer strength has always struck fear into his opponents too.

He is equally potent when running with the ball but the only thing he hasn’t figured out yet is what to do with the ball once he’s done running about here, there and everywhere.

The end product is all that has kept him from being a genuine world-beater and with Marsch’s fresh input, he could very well put the pieces together at last and dominate the Premier League in our famous white.

If it does occur, we can forget the £50million we are asking for Raphinha and pocket £80million or more when he terrorises the best full-backs in the country at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, this Thorp Arch youngster could pursue another loan away from the club after Marsch signed a replacement in his place.