By George Overhill

8th May, 2022 | 9:40pm

Phil Hay suggests Noa Lang would be 'very good investment' for Leeds United if they can stay up

Club Brugge attacker Noa Lang would be a “very good investment” for Leeds United if they can stay in the Premier League, says Phil Hay.

A move for the former Ajax man was in the offing last summer, but a lack of enthusiasm from then-boss Marcelo Bielsa apparently led the club to back off.

But with him now gone a potential revisit could arise, as long as they are not in the Championship, which after Sunday’s loss at Arsenal left United in the relegation zone is far from certain.

Replying to a question about Lang on the pre-match discussion on The Athletic Sunday (8 May) Hay said: “The club were very keen on him last summer. Bielsa less so, which is why they left it alone.

“It’s a good question though because if Raphinha goes, Leeds will need to build up their attack (and they need more attacking players regardless imo).

“That said, we can all forget about players of Lang’s quality if Leeds go down.

“[Brenden] Aaronson is clearly someone they really want. Calvin Ramsay at Aberdeen too. But Lang would potentially be a very good investment.”

Uncertain future

Recent results have made any projections for the future of the club suddenly very hazy.

Finishing the weekend in the relegation zone after feeling virtually free from danger not long ago is a major reality check.

Injuries and suspensions continue to rob Jesse Marsch of options, with Luke Ayling’s crazy red card the latest example.

But the race for survival is far from over so certain issues have to be looked at from a best-case scenario perspective.

Continuing to chase Aaronson and Ramsay is no surprise if Premier League survival is secured.

But turning back to the Lang move is an intriguing prospect, and with Bielsa now in Argentina, it could be possible.

Dan James ultimately arrived instead last summer, and has been uneven contributor, albeit often out of position.

Lang wouldn’t be cheap, but nine goals and 14 assists in all competitions this season shows why the club were interested in the first place, and would have given them no reason to change their opinion.

In other Leeds United news, a BBC pundit demolished one player against Arsenal and suggested a young teammate would be furious.