By Joe Ellis

21st Oct, 2022 | 8:40pm

Leeds United need to further international influence after £7.1m scouting mission

Leeds United have plenty of international influences in their squad but things could always be bigger and better for the Elland Road club.

Most recently, the Whites sent scouts to Brazil to watch 19-year-old Brazilian starlet Matheus Martins play for Fluminense in the top flight of the nation’s footballing pyramid, according to TNT Sports.

They aren’t the only team interested in Martins, however, as Udinese have already made a bid worth £7.1million for his services despite the transfer window being closed until 1 January.

Martins might not be the player to revolutionise things in Yorkshire but there is no doubt that the current global appeal of Leeds United is not as big as it could or perhaps should be at this stage.

The Premier League factor certainly increases the outreach to all corners of the world but the vast majority of signings made by the Whites so far have all been either English or European based.

They need to start branching out their scouting assignments more often than the odd one or two trips to South America because they could find themselves a bargain from afar.

Countries in the corners of the globe – basically not Europe – are not going to be asking for transfer fees anywhere near as astronomically big as those from closer to home.

English teams, in particular, can take the mickey with how much they try to get for their best players even when they aren’t worth it whatsoever.

South America is a relatively untapped market for many Premier League sides who all wait to see if they can hack it in Europe before taking them on but in the position Leeds are in, it is probably worth a gamble on someone like Martins while they are still fairly cheap.

In other Leeds United news, one Whites starlet has been impressing everybody this season and even this EFL manager has his eyes on him.