By Liam Thomas

25th Sep, 2022 | 1:46pm

Sensational stat shows Leeds are right to target Empoli left-back Fabiano Parisi

Leeds United have been linked with a move for Empoli left-back Fabiano Parisi and were inches away from signing him this summer, according to Tutto Mercato Web.

Parisi has been wowing crowds in Italy this season with some sensational outings for Empoli and it seems a big move to the Premier League is on the horizon.

It comes as no surprise that Leeds are being touted for a January move for the 21-year-old, especially after one statistic about the left-back was revealed.

Football’s biggest detailed football statistics website WhoScored rated their U21s team of the season so far, gathering the data of youngsters from across Europe’s top five leagues.

The statistics website provided Whites with a savoury stat to feast on until the transfer window reopens; rating Parisi as the best U21 left-back in Europe so far this season.

Scintillating stuff from the Italian; this bodes well for any move Leeds United may make for the youngster in the next transfer window.

Long-term solution.

The club have been looking for a solution to their left-back woes for a while now and the Empoli left-back solves this conundrum completely.

After selling Leif Davis and then Junior Firpo getting injured in pre-season, it’s been far than plain sailing for the Whites in the full-back position.

Pascal Struijk has been solid filling in at the position, nevertheless, he’s far from the finished article and he isn’t the man to start at left-back for Leeds in campaigns to come.

It seems Parisi would be available for an astonishing bargain of £9million, another solid reason to make a move for the talented youngster.

It’s an obvious transfer for Leeds to make, Firpo certainly isn’t up to the levels of being a solid starter for Marsch and once Dallas is back, the two can be rotated for maximum effect in the position.

And after Parisi’s terrific early season form in Serie A, he could undoubtedly hit the ground running at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites could have a big Illan Meslier issue after what emerged on Saturday morning.