By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

29th Jul, 2022 | 10:10pm

Leeds United target Philipp Max ideal answer to club's left-back curse

Leeds United target Philipp Max could be the answer to their left-back curse as the Whites have been linked with a £7million move for the German international.

The Yorkshire club have struggled to have consistency at the position with players regularly getting injured, and some fans are even stating that the last solid left-back the club had was Ian Harte.

However, Max would add quality and experience to the left side of their defence and would be an astute acquisition for the Whites.

A report from Italian publication Tuttomercato said: “Leeds have targeted Philipp Max, PSV Eindhoven’s German defender.

“The British club have decided to offer around £8million for the defender.”

End of the left-back curse?

The 28-year-old has spent all of his career in Germany, playing for several clubs including Bayern Munich, Schalke and Augsburg, before moving to Holland to join PSV in 2020.

In his two years there he has made 91 appearances, scoring eight times and providing an impressive 18 assists, and his form was rewarded with his first international call-up two years ago at the age of 26.

Max is a solid defender, who is also useful in attack, establishing himself as a consistent creator and set-piece taker during his career.

He can take free-kicks and corners, and in addition to his no-nonsense defensive style which utilises his standing and sliding tackling ability, he adds a different dimension to the PSV attack with is ability on the ball.

Last season he recorded more goals, assists, shots on target, and crosses than Leeds left-back Junior Firpo, as well as committing fewer fouls and picking up fewer yellow cards. [FBRef]

Max is strong offensively and defensively and if Leeds can pick him up, it would be a great move for the club and could be the move that ends the left-back curse.

In other Leeds news, record signing Rodrigo may be seeking a move away from the club.