If recent reports are to believed, Leeds United seem intent on picking Brentford’s squad apart this summer.
According to the Daily Mail, left-back Rico Henry has emerged as a target for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
The report suggests that West Ham, Brighton, and West Brom are also keen on the 23-year-old.
But Henry is enough of a talent to justify going toe-to-toe with those sides for his services.
Stuart Dallas had a superb season for Leeds last term, and yet Henry still registered a higher dribble success rate, a higher duel win ratio, and managed more interceptions per 90 minutes, as per Wyscout.
And the Brentford man’s recent assist in the play-off semi-final against Swansea City was a perfect illustration of the forward-thinking, high energy style of play that makes him such an asset.
As the ball breaks here, Henry has just wandered into the bottom of shot from his own half.
At this stage, he’s acting like a fairly conservative full-back.
But as soon as he sees the opportunity present itself, he puts the afterburners on.
The ball is slid through, and suddenly Henry has acres of space to work with.
That all stems from the cleverness of his overlap.
Hanging back until the vital moment, nobody in green thinks to track him, and the realisation that he is a threat comes far too late.
It’s almost an ambush of sorts.
Full credit to Henry, he still has a lot to do by this point, but he does it excellently.
His delivery is struck first time, not allowing his marker or the defenders in the middle to set themselves properly.
Opting to hit the edge of the six yard box, the full-back puts his ball on a pinhead, and while the finish is fantastic too, this goal is really all about the quality of the pass.
This really is a brilliant piece of attacking play from the defender, and is emblematic of the kind of performances that he has been churning out regularly this season.
If Leeds truly are interested in him, we think he would be first rate competition and cover for Dallas next season.
Brentford’s loss could well be our gain.
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