Leeds United want to sign Espanyol striker Raúl de Tomás in the summer and he could be the perfect fit for Marcelo Bielsa.
According to Spanish news outlet Fichajes, Leeds, Leicester and West Ham are interested in the striker, who ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to meeting Victor Orta’s transfer criteria.
He has played in the top-flight in Spain and Portugal and scored goals, he would also add the experience of playing for a huge club in Real Madrid.
De Tomas’ time at Los Blancos did not work out but manager Zinedine Zidane is still a fan.
He said the 26-year-old links up well with his teammates and knows how to play good football, as reported by Tribuna.
That suggests he would fit well into Bielsa’s system, as the Argentine loves a striker who can hold-up play and bring teammates into play.
Bielsa is fond of Patrick Bamford because of that reason and it seems De Tomas could fulfill a similar role.
Per WyScout, the forward has completed 81% pass accuracy and managed 1.4 dribbles per game.
That shows he is accomplished on the ball and he has the finishing ability to match, with 16 goals in 19 games for Espanyol this term.
Under Bielsa’s guidance he could get even better too, though he would first have to adjust to the Premier League.
Rodrigo, another attack-minded player we signed from La Liga, has not found the transition easy, though he has also adapted to a new position since arriving at Elland Road.
De Tomas could also benefit massively playing with Raphinha – the Brazilian has completed 2.1 key passes per game [WhoScored] and often looks to play Bamford in behind the defence.
That combo worked perfectly for goals against Leicester and Southampton in recent weeks and since De Tomas clearly knows how to take up good attacking positions, he could really excel alongside Raphinha.
We feel this would be a great swoop by Orta so are excited by what De Tomas could potentially bring to the club.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites must make a move for a ‘next level’ midfielder who could be available on a free in the summer.