'No disrespect' - Tony Dorigo casts doubts over mooted Leeds swoop for 116-cap talent
Former Leeds United favourite Tony Dorigo has raised doubts over the likelihood of his old club making a move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Elland Road chief Andre Radrizzani admitted earlier this year that the Whites had held talks with the AC Milan talisman in January, and that a deal could still go ahead in the summer transfer window.
But Dorigo has made it very clear that he doesn’t think the 116-cap Sweden international would be a good fit at Elland Road.
“No disrespect to Zlatan – I love the guy and what he’s doing at his age is incredible. His mental strength is second to none and it’s really impressive how he’s rallied that group of players at Milan since he’s arrived. But, for Leeds, the outlay in wages would be huge and he might not be the best option.
“More importantly, the style Bielsa plays – a high-pressing, high-energy system – wouldn’t suit Zlatan. At this stage of his career, he’s not going to go chasing that ball around, closing defenders down every single time.
“That’s what Leeds do under Bielsa – and that’s why Patrick Bamford stays in the team even though he didn’t score as many as he should have done this season [16 goals in 45 Championship games]. I just don’t see the fit being perfect with Bielsa.”
We think Dorigo is spot on here.
Of course, at first glance, who wouldn’t want Ibra in there squad?
The veteran hitman has won leagues and cups all across Europe throughout his career, and he shows no real signs of slowing down either, recently claiming that he is like Benjamin Button.
But ultimately, Bielsa’s way has always been to bring in players who will benefit his overall vision for the side, rather than those who excel on an individualistic level.
Would a 38-year-old Zlatan be able to give him the kind of running and work ethic that he demands week in, week out?
Honestly, we’re not sure, and with suggestions that Milan are set to offer him a new £104,000-a-week contract at the San Siro, it would be an expensive gamble to take too.
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