By Craig Scott

6th Jan, 2021 | 12:30pm

MOT View: Real Madrid contract rebel would be stunning Leeds signing, reported discussions held

Leeds United have been linked with a lot of players since they won promotion to the Premier League but none have been more exciting than Real Madrid star Lucas Vazquez.

Earlier this month, the Daily Mail reported that Leeds have discussed a potential swoop to sign the 29-year-old, who’s been a regular starter for Los Blancos in both La Liga and the Champions League this season.

Vazquez has made 19 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid, scoring two goals and supplying three assists while playing as a right-back or a right-sided winger.

While Leeds are well-stocked out wide, Vazquez’s strong performances as a right-back this season has led to us thinking Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta could target the Spain international to ail his defensive woes.

Luke Ayling, Leeds’ only natural senior right-back, has had to play the last few matches at centre-back and Vazquez could either be signed to improve on the ex-Bristol City man or provide back up to him when he plays centrally.

Bielsa’s had to contend with a lot of injury issues in his time as Leeds manager so even though Vazquez could be seen as a back-up, he’d still get plenty of game-time whether it be as a right-back, wing-back or winger.

And signing Vazquez this month might not be too difficult either amid a report by Marca which claims the player has rejected a new contract offer by Real Madrid.

Vazquez’s existing contract expires at the end of the season, meaning Leeds could either sign him for free in the summer or on a cut-price basis in January.

And what a signing he would be if that happens.

According to stats by Wyscout, Vazquez has completed 85.9 per cent of his passes in all competitions this season while also completing 58.2 per cent of dribbles and 38.6 per cent of crosses.

In comparison, Ayling has a pass accuracy of 82 per cent, has completed 83.8 per cent od dribbles and 32.5 per cent of crosses.

Defensively, Vazquez has averaged 3.26 interceptions, 5.67 recoveries and 0.74 clearances per 90 minutes this season while also winning 50.3 per cent of defensive duels. Those numbers don’t read too highly but Real Madrid concede far fewer attacks than Leeds do in the Premier League.

The Mail’s report that links Leeds with Vazquez seems tentative at best. But with the player now refusing to sign a new deal and shining in a position Leeds could do with adding to, we believe he’d be a superb addition to Bielsa’s squad this month if the Whites can afford him.

In other Leeds United news, this club is seeking a new deal for one Leeds loanee.