Fabrizio Romano: Leeds United missed Noa Lang opportunity in summer, will be available in future
Leeds United missed a big opportunity to sign Noa Lang during the summer but he will still be available in coming windows says Fabrizio Romano.
The Club Brugge winger was a strong target two summers ago but then-manager Marcelo Bielsa wasn’t sold so the move never happened, and the club were then linked again during the window just gone with a move for the Dutch international [Mike McGrath 10 June].
Despite expected competition from AC Milan, who eventually signed teammate and fellow Whites target Charles De Ketelaere, and West Ham, the 23-year-old stayed put to the surprise of Romano who believes he is “under-appreciated”.
Speaking on his YouTube channel on Saturday (17 September) he said: “Noa Lang was available on the market [and] he will be available in the future transfer windows so a really important and interesting opportunity, Noa Lang, was missed this summer.
“He was on the list for example for Leeds, also other clubs around Europe were tracking him, especially in Italy.
“But now, Noa Lang, still available on the market after the whole summer, so a missed opportunity.”
When all the factors are added together it is strange to think that Lang has yet to rock up at Elland Road, and makes the possibility of a future move seem viable.
That the Whites spent so long in contact with his club for De Ketelaere with what looked to be little chance of success this summer, while a known target who they had made multiple bids for was sitting there available, is odd.
At the time it could have been argued that, having signed Luis Sinisterra to replace the departed Raphinha, the squad was set in the wide areas and it was a central forward that was needed.
That was essentially the case, but it didn’t stop Victor Orta embarking on a doomed plot to sign fellow Dutch international wide man Cody Gakpo before the window closed.
That move and the subsequent information that has come out about it raises more questions than answers for the Elland Road decision-makers, and the fact that they failed to sign anyone other than Willy Gnonto when they apparently could have had Lang increases the perception they were not as committed to it as it first seemed.
Having allegedly forced Dan James out of the club on deadline day despite not replacing him with a senior attacking option, with doubts as to whether the Welshman will be seen again in a Whites shirt, there is a space in the squad for a winger.
With Romano also reporting that the United hierarchy is “obsessed” with Gakpo [YouTube, 4 September] and ready to go in for him again in January, Lang is surely in the picture as an alternative, since it seems unlikely that the PSV man is going to be an easy deal.
The resounding message here is that Lang is gettable, so if there is an apparent push for a winger in the winter window without success, as there was before the close of the summer one, there won’t be many excuses available.
In other Leeds United news, there are now three new contracts on the cards very soon for important Elland Road players.