David Norris worried about Mateusz Klich future if Leeds sign Rodrigo De Paul
Former Leeds United midfielder David Norris is unsure what will happen to Mateusz Klich’s Elland Road future if the Whites sign Rodrigo De Paul.
The Argentine midfielder can be termed as one that got away last summer when Victor Orta decided to pull out from the deal as the club were unable to match Udinese’s valuation of the player.
Now, one year later, he’s still being linked with the club, but this term there are plenty of suitors in the mix, including Atletico Madrid and Arsenal. [Ekrem Konur]
The Argentina international is also valued at £35m [FC Inter News], and the Whites would have to break the bank to sign him.
While it looks Leeds are unlikely to be able to compete with the financial muscle of the two clubs, Norris is still confident of a deal happening.
He spoke to Football FanCast about the impact of De Paul’s arrival. Discussing which player he thinks would risk losing his spot, he said “Yeah, I think Klich might be because he hasn’t set it on fire and it hasn’t gone well for him.
“So I think potentially, it could be a bit more difficult for him.
“In general, I think most of the players have done enough to deserve another crack at it, but if he comes in and hits the ground running then obviously other players will have to step aside.”
Can play both
While De Paul’s arrival would undoubtedly mean someone will have to miss out, there’s a case to be made for both Klich and him playing ahead of Kalvin Phillips.
Klich, despite him losing his form towards the end of the season, is still an important player for us.
He offers that burst of pace, making runs in behind defences and also in closing down the opponents. He’s also got an eye for a pass in the final third and an engine on him that sees him do well even in a box-to-box role.
He’s also got the ability to score long rangers. On the commentary for BT Sport 1, Darren Fletcher said referred to his goal against Burnley as “excellent”.
Having De Paul in our side as well would give us that X-Factor and in many ways add more balance to our midfield that’s looked imbalanced on certain occasions this past season.
That said, while we would love to sign the Argentine, the chances of us getting him are very less, and even Orta has played down our chances.
On the Phil Hay Show, he said, it would be “difficult” to get the player over the line given the developments that have taken place since we last showed an interest in his services.
It will be interesting to see whether we can still land our man or we would have to settle for an alternative.
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