Phil Hay has claimed that Udinese midfielder Rodrigo de Paul would be an “incredible signing” and an “absolute sensation” at Elland Road.
Talking on the latest episode of the Phil Hay Show podcast, the Athletic journalist reiterated that the Leeds interest in De Paul is “serious” and said he was just “waiting to see if they [Leeds] decide to push the button”.
“That is serious, there is serious interest,” Hay said on De Paul.
“We’re waiting to see if they decide to push the button. With Rodrigo De Paul, that is likely to be a deal that would break the transfer record again. So, it’s a big one and Leeds have the money to do it.
“They just need to decide whether they go down that route. It is a very significant outlay.
“Rodrigo De Paul would be an incredible signing and a sign of where Leeds are at the moment. It is next level.
“De Paul could be an absolute sensation at Elland Road. You feel Leeds are in a completely different ballpark now. We’re into the realm of real, proper European level signings and I can understand the buzz right now.”
That’s breathless praise for De Paul from Phil Hay and it mirrors what the fans are saying about the Argentina midfielder.
There are some amazing stats to back this up as well.
According to LUFCDATA, De Paul has been the most productive midfielder “in terms of goals and assists over the past two seasons” in Serie A.
Only one player, Alejandro Gomez, has created more big chances.
This is a remarkable statistic courtesy of @Playmaker_EN: No Serie A midfielder has been more productive in terms of goals and assists over the past two seasons than Rodrigo De Paul (16G, 14A) since 2018/19. pic.twitter.com/R6GIIfKlpW
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) September 3, 2020
Leeds have struggled with set pieces and corners and De Paul could take them to the next level here.
According to LUFCDATA, he’s created 43 chances from corners over the past three seasons and 24 from free-kicks. He’s got five assists from corners and four from free-kicks.
His heat maps from the last two seasons are fascinating too [WyScout].
This is from the 18/19 season, which shows most of his attacking output down the left-hand side.
This is from the 19/20 season, which shows him switching to the right-hand side.
He’s a player who can play right across the pitch and boasts defensive numbers that are as impressive as his attacking output.
We’re with Hay – we think he’d be a dream signing for Leeds United.
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