Ex-Leeds United midfielder Carlton Palmer claims Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa would suit Marcelo Bielsa’s style of play if he heads to Elland Road in the summer.
Last month, The Athletic journalist Phil Hay claimed “extremely talented” Anguissa, 25, is a player who he’d want to see the Whites sign from relegation-threatened Fulham [Phil Hay Show].
The Cameroon international has played 31 times in all competitions for Fulham this season, impressing for the 18th-placed London club despite their perilous position in the Premier League standings.
Palmer now claims Anguissa would be someone who would suit Bielsa’s ethos at Elland Road but even if Fulham are relegated, the former England international cannot see the Cottagers being in any rush to sell their players.
“I think he could play the Leeds style because Bielsa has a very distinctive style that he plays, and the one thing you’ve got to do is be mobile. You’ve got to be able to get around the football pitch and he can do that,” Palmer told FootballFanCast in response to Hay’s claim.
“It’ll be interesting to see because I don’t think, obviously unless the player wants to leave, financially, I don’t think Fulham will need to let any of the players go should they get relegated.”
Hard sell for Leeds?
Anguissa plays in a central or holding midfield role so if Leeds were to sign him from Fulham in the summer, they would have to convince him he’d get enough game-time.
Kalvin Phillips, as long as he and Bielsa are in West Yorkshire, is going to start every game he’s available for in the defensive midfield spot and Anguissa will know that if the Whites come calling.
Leeds do need reinforcements to their central midfield position ahead of next season if they want to build on what they’ve already achieved under Bielsa.
Mateusz Klich has shown signs that he could struggle in the Premier League next season while there are doubts about the futures of Tyler Roberts and Pablo Hernandez and Adam Forsaw has missed almost two full seasons due to injury.
Anguissa would be great to have but we just don’t see him accepting that a move to Leeds would be the best move for his career if Fulham go down.
The £67,000-a-week midfielder [Spotrac] has shown his Premier League quality at Craven Cottage so he might want to wait and see if someone who needs a starting central midfielder will come in for him.
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