By Sam Stone

18th Nov, 2022 | 8:40am

Jesus Vazquez stance emerges as Leeds United eye deal for Valencia left-back

Jesus Vazquez is “hurt” by the lack of game time as Leeds United eye the 19-year-old left-back, according to ElDesmarque Valencia.

Gazzetta Dello Sport report (16 November, page four) that Vazquez has a £34.9million release clause in his contract with Valencia. It’s also understood (Superdeporte, 10 November), the LaLiga side may be forced to sell the left-back due to conditions not being met in regards to game time.

ElDesmarque Valencia has since revealed (17 November), the Spanish full-back is “hurt” by his lack of minutes at present, with Jose Gaya preferred to Vazquez at the Mestalla.

Get it done

A left-back is an absolute must for Leeds in the January window, with Junior Firpo clearly not up to the standard required for Jesse Marsch’s side. Pascal Struijk has filled in well for the Whites, but, he’s not a natural left-back. A younger player, who is eager to gain more minutes, like Vazquez, is exactly the type of player Victor Orta should be looking to target.

The Yorkshire side will struggle to ease their defensive woes and climb up the table unless they strengthen in the January window. A decent left-back and potentially a higher-quality central defender would certainly go a long way in solidifying Marsch’s defence.

If Vazquez did move to Elland Road he would be the first choice for Leeds, and shouldn’t be considered for the under-21s side at any point. Orta has previously dealt with Valencia whilst bringing Rodrigo to Elland Road, so it will be interesting to see if the Spaniard can work his magic again.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has revealed the whispers he’s heard at Elland Road about when the 49ers will complete their takeover.