By Mark Smith

29th Feb, 2020 | 6:00pm

Former coach of 26-year-old makes bold Championship claim over 2017 Leeds signing

Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk has admitted that Leeds United flop Ouasim Bouy was never suited to play Championship football.

Van Marwijk spent time with the midfielder during a spell at Hamburg together and he admitted that the second-tier of English football was too fast for him.

Instead, in his words, Bouy preferred to take his time on the ball when moving forward – something that could have exploited him.

Bouy is still on the Whites’ payroll despite not playing a single game for the club after signing in 2017, and van Marwijk’s insight doesn’t make for good reading.

“I can’t talk about Leeds or what’s happened there but for me, he was never difficult,” he told the Athletic.

“What I do ask, though, is if going to England was right for him. The Championship is a difficult league, a fast league where midfielders who like to attack don’t get time on the ball. When I watch the Championship I think ‘maybe it isn’t where he’d be best’.”

Marcelo Bielsa likes his midfielders to be explosive both in and out of possession, and the fact the 26-year-old never made it before El Loco gave him little to no chance of featuring this season or last.

Super agent Mino Raiola did advertise Bouy as one of Europe’s biggest talents previously, and he has done little to prove that during his career after failed stints with Juventus and Ajax.

Phil Hay has revealed that despite never playing for the Whites, Bouy will most likely have a promotion bonus in his deal – something that needs to be mutually terminated as soon as possible.

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