Report: Leeds plot swoop for PSV forward Noni Madueke
Leeds United are in the hunt for versatile 19-year-old PSV forward Noni Madueke, according to the Evening Standard.
Madueke started for the England Under-21s on Sunday but couldn’t inspire them to a result, as they lost 2-0 to Portugal.
That put them on the brink of exit after losing to Switzerland last week.
England U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd has been very complimentary about Madueke, saying, “He’s a powerhouse of a player, technically very good, left-footed and likes to come in off the side of the pitch, off the right and go and link.
“He’s got a goal in him, he’s very creative. He’s got a massive smile, a lovely kid. The lads have taken to him, as they would because he’s a good player, he has that respect for what he’s done at PSV.”
The Evening Standard claims that Crystal Palace, Bayern Munich and other “elite’ European clubs have shown an interest in the left-footed winger.
Versatility could be key
Madueke left Tottenham in 2016 and he’s already turning heads in the Eredivisie.
He’s scored nine goals this season, including one in the Europa League, and added eight assists.
These are very impressive numbers for his first full season in the first-team, after making four Eredivisie appearances last campaign.
Madueke plays mainly on the right-wing but can also play as an attacking midfielder and a striker – he’s played up top eight times for PSV in the league this season, getting four of his goals there.
He’s also played as a striker in the Europa League this season and this versatility could make him the perfect Leeds signing.
We’re looking for back-up for Bamford and ideally need a player who can play in a number of attacking positions.
Bamford will be the club’s number nine next season and doesn’t miss many games through injury.
Leeds are well covered on the wings but are short of attacking midfield options.
At 19, Madueke is also in prime Bielsa territory and it’s exciting to imagine how much he could improve under our manager.
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