By Craig Scott

4th Dec, 2022 | 8:40pm

Jesus Vazquez 'dilemma' at Valencia after 'outstanding' Leeds United development amid transfer talk

Valencia manager Gennaro Gattuso has a “great dilemma” with left-back Jesus Vazquez after he shone in a pre-season friendly against the Leeds United Under-21s, according to Diario AS.

Radio Marca Valencia reported on 16 November that the Whites are interested in the Spanish 19-year-old as they look for a new left-back.

Coincidentally, Vazquez played against Leeds’ Under-21s earlier this week and supplied three assists as the La Liga club’s first team won 8-0.

Diario AS reported on their website on 3 December that Gattuso now has an issue with Vazquez because Jose Gaya is “untouchable” in the left-back role.

However, the “outstanding” Vazquez has shown his “progression is very high and that he deserves more minutes”.

Need a left-back

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Leeds have needed a proper left-back for what feels like years now.

You can go as far back as Charlie Taylor and say that we’ve never properly replaced him with Barry Douglas, Ezgjan Alioski, Stuart Dallas, Junior Firpo and Pascal Struijk playing in the role since.

Only two of those since Taylor left for Burnley are natural left-backs and arguably the better of them all have been Dallas and Struijk, who’s impressed there this season.

Out-and-out left-backs Douglas and Firpo have been massive letdowns.

Vazquez is an attack-minded left-back who’s hungry to play way more than he currently is at Valencia.

If Gattuso is going to stick by Gaya then thats’ fine but he needs to realise that he’s blocking off a path to the first team for Vazquez, who’s shown that he’s ready to play more.

He did very well against Leeds earlier this week and if Victor Orta was having second thoughts on trying to sign him, there’s no doubt that he’ll be a bit closer to making a January move now than he was.

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