By Liam Thomas

15th Jan, 2023 | 5:40pm

Leeds United transfer mooted for Twente and Algeria midfielder Ramiz Zerrouki

FC Twente and Algeria midfielder Ramiz Zerrouki would be a perfect fit for a club like Leeds United, according to journalist Jan van Halst.

Zerrouki dazzled in FC Twente’s draw against Dutch giants Ajax on 14 January and was given a 7.1 match rating by the football statistics website WhoScored.

Van Halst confessed that Zerrouki would “suit” a club like Leeds United but the maestro should avoid making the move to England altogether.

“He is good enough to succeed in England,” Van Halst told NOS.

“He suits clubs like Leeds United and Southampton. Underdogs who occasionally have a good period and want to fight their way out of the bottom ranks. At such teams, he could be of added value with his footballing ability and tactical insight.

“Then he will end up at a club at the bottom of the table. Or, at best, at a mid-table club,” countered journalist Theo  Janssen.

“A better team does not sign up at this stage of his career. Of course, he will fit in at Leeds United or Southampton, as Jan says. But he should avoid going after players like Bryan Ruiz and Eljero Elia.

“Financially, it is hugely interesting to play in England. The question is whether it will benefit him sportingly at the moment.”

Silky stats.

There are far worse options currently on the market for Leeds United to explore and Zerrouki displayed in FC Twente’s clash v Ajax that he can mix it against the best.

The maestro made five key passes in the game with a pass completion rate of 88.2%, arguably the midfielder’s most tantalising trait. [WhoScored]

Zerrouki also won his two aerial duels, he’s fully aware of how to use his 6ft frame to his advantage, something that would be suited well to the physical Premier League.

Whether or not the Whites would make a move for him remains to be seen, but recent transfer business conducted by Victor Orta and co suggests the club are happy to splash the cash.

Max Wober and Georginio Rutter are the latest additions to Jesse Marsch’s squad and both will hopefully help the Whites out of their current sketchy league position.

It’s nice to see players with such high calibres arriving at Elland Road, it’s the exact remedy needed to improve Leeds United moving forward.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now seeking their third signing of the month with a European contract rebel in their sights.