By Jason Jones

10th May, 2020 | 6:00pm

MOT View: Potential deal described as 'huge coup' by local outlet surely isn’t worth pursuing

If Leeds United do finally make a long-awaited return to the Premier League this summer, you can bet that they will be linked with a barrage of players when the transfer window opens.

As such, articles like a recent Leeds Live piece outlining six players the Whites “must” sign in the coming months are likely to become the norm.

And it’ll certainly make for an exciting period of speculation that will no doubt be welcomed by a fanbase that have been through hell and back since dropping out of the top flight in 2004.

One name that pops up in that aforementioned article is that of Leicester City central midfielder Nampalys Mendy.

The 27-year-old joined the Foxes in a deal worth around £13 million back in 2016, but has struggled for game time ever since, and has recorded just 48 appearances in four years.

Leeds Live claim that it would be a “huge coup” if the Whites could snap him up this summer, but it also looks as if they could have a battle on their hands should they actually decide to pursue a deal.

French outlet Le10Sport suggest that Turkish outlet Trabzonspor are interested in the midfielder, as are Serie A club Udinese, with the player out of contract at the end of the season and available on a free transfer.

So, is Mendy a player who the Whites should actually be looking at?

48 appearances over the course of four years in England certainly don’t suggest that he is a standout talent, but even when he has played, there has been little to show that he is capable of setting the world alight.

Last season was by far his busiest in a blue shirt to date, with 31 Premier League appearances to his name.

In that time, he managed a pass completion rate of 88.8%, as per Whoscored – quite a leap from Kalvin Phillips’ average of 81.6% this season.

But in pretty much every other department, he lags well behind the Elland Road favourite.

Despite having a higher completion rate, the Frenchman actually made an average of 19.6 passes per game fewer than Phillips has this term.

Similarly, he made 1.7 fewer key passes, 1.7 fewer tackles, and had a match rating of 6.37 compared to Phillips’ 7.20.

Now, obviously, our man is a top talent, but if we’re going back to the big time, should we not be aiming for players that can improve on what we have – or at the very least match our current levels of output?

The stats suggest that Mendy would not be able to do that, and if a contract bidding war were to break out amongst a number of clubs across Europe, he probably wouldn’t be worth the effort.

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