By Craig Scott

13th Aug, 2020 | 10:10am

MOT View: Euro No 10 can light up Elland Rd in PL as Leeds reportedly plot bid for £7m-rated ace

Leeds United have been busy since winning promotion to the Premier League with three loanees having their stays extended, a few new faces being introduced to the youth set-up and several new contracts being agreed.

However, we are yet to see a new face arrive who can walk straight into Marcelo Bielsa’s starting line-up at Elland Road and there’s no doubt that work is being done in that regard.

One player who Leeds are reportedly plotting a bid to sign is Slavia Prague star Nicolae Stanciu, who helped fire the Czech giants to the league title last season [Daily Mail].

Stanciu, 27, scored four goals and supplied 12 assists in 40 appearances across all competitions last term while playing in the No 10 role for Slavia Prague.

The former Anderlecht ace is also a Romania international who’s earned 37 caps and scored 10 goals for his nation.

Stanciu’s displays in the No 10 role for Romania have seen him compared to legends like Gheorghe Hagi, with him speaking out about the comparisons back in 2016.

As quoted by DigiSport, he said: “Don’t compare me to Hagi and [Adrian] Mutu anymore, they are unique!”

Leeds would do well to bring in a player as talented as Stanciu.

Stats by WyScout say that the attacking midfielder completed 76.4 per cent of his passes last season n the league with 55.4 per cent of his passes to the final third proving accurate and 48.8 per cent of passes into the penalty area finding their target.

One of Stanciu’s best displays for Slavia last season came in the Champions League when his side lost 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund.

Although it was a defeat, Stanciu completed 44 of his 49 attempted passes, 100 per cent of his long balls and 80 per cent of his passes into the penalty area.

As shown below, you can see how effective his passes into the Dortmund box were as he boasted an expected-assist stat of 0.85 in that match.

Why do Leeds need Stanciu, then?

As good as Pablo Hernandez is, it would be foolish to ignore the fact he is 35-years-old now and Leeds are unlikely to get much more out of him past the end of next season.

Stanciu is valued at £7million and could be a good, low-cost replacement for Hernandez as he’s at the prime of his career and clearly able to step it up against the big-boys, as soon in his display versus Dortmund last October.

He is someone who could light up Elland Road with his performances in the Premier League next season, adding a real killer edge to Bielsa’s already-fine-tuned attack.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have been in touch with a top-four club over signing this midfielder.