If Leeds United do get promoted this summer, they could do with bringing in some cover in a couple of key positions.
Amongst those areas, you would probably argue right-back is near the top of the list.
Short of Luke Ayling, the Whites don’t really have another senior player who specialises in that position, and that will surely be an issue that Marcelo Bielsa is eager to address.
Recognising this, Leeds Live have included Borussia Dortmund Lukasz Piszczek on a list of players who the Whites could look to snap up in the coming months.
The local outlet points out that the Polish veteran is out of contract at the end of the season, and could be available on a free transfer.
But with the defender set to turn 35 in June, would he really be worth the gamble of a short term contract?
He may be getting on a bit, but Piszczek has still been a regular for Dortmund this term, playing 32 times across all competitions.
And surprisingly, his stats from this season actually hold up very well compared to Ayling’s.
His pass completion rate is 6.4% higher than the Leeds talent’s, while his crossing accuracy is 3.5% higher and his total action success rate is superior by 7.4%, as per Wyscout.
He’s even a higher percentage of dribbles per game.
His defensive sensibilities are just as sharp as ever too.
Piszczek was largely deployed in a central role against Bayern Munich earlier this week, and looked solid throughout.
In the image above, taken just before he makes a goal-line clearance, the Pole is the only Dortmund player in the six-yard box.
Having marked Robert Lewandowski out of a potential pass, he sparks into life as soon as the ball breaks loose to a Bayern player, and is immediately alert to the threat of danger.
Moving quickly, he gets into position behind his stranded goalkeeper, and is able to get back just in the nick of time to prevent a certain goal with a brilliant back-heeled clearance off the line.
His intelligence and defensive experience saves his side from conceding a certain goal, and it’s little wonder that he averages 5.35 interceptions a game – 0.64 more than Ayling.
Similarly, his tackling is as sharp as ever too.
In this instance, it is actually Piszczek who gives the ball to Lewandowski with a sloppy misplaced pass in the Bayern half.
It’s a poor error, granted, but the manner in which he makes up for it is sublime.
Approaching 35, most players would struggle to have the legs to amend for his mishap, but the Pole does a fantastic job of doing just that.
Just as a point of reference, look at how much of a headstart the Bayern man has on his compatriot.
Not only does the full-back make that ground up, but he wins back possession with a crunching slide tackle that is both strong and clean as a whistle.
In fact, his slide tackle completion rate in that game was 100%.
Perhaps it’s a long shot to suggest Leeds could land Piszczek this summer, but if the contract was the right length, and if the player was willing, we think is would be a fantastic piece of business for Leeds United.
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