By Sean Fisher

15th Nov, 2022 | 10:40pm

Leeds United should avoid £30m Noa Lang deal after red flags emerge

Leeds United continue to hunt for a striker available to sign in January, but Club Brugge’s Noa Lang is certainly one to avoid.

Since the butchered summer window that saw Leeds miss out on a number of forwards – including Lang – a new striker in January was always going to be a top priority for the club.

Patrick Bamford is horribly out of form and Rodrigo’s injury record is a cause for concern. Money needs to be splashed on a goalscorer over the winter window, and according to Fabrizio Romano, Lang has “chances” to leave in January if his €30-35m asking price is met.

However, while Lang may have recorded an impressive 19 goal contributions in 37 appearances last season, the Whites have been warned about his behaviour and attitude.

Wesley Sonck – the Under-19s Belgium manager – gave a damning review of the 23-year-old via Sporza: “I find it quite surprising that he is allowed to go to Qatar.

“I hope for Lang that he is top at the World Cup. That would also be nice for Lang himself. But I think he is very energy-consuming for staff.

“Lang is a good football player. But he does things in a match that are not necessary. With that, he does not only screw up the opponent, but also his own people on the field and on the bench.”

Red flags

While Leeds are obviously desperate to provide Jesse Marsch with a striker in January, the board need to wake up and realise it’s not worth risking the dressing room atmosphere for one player.

If Lang is going to cause issues within the squad by irritating players and staff, then it’s worth looking elsewhere for a striker.

Even when things had turned sour and toxic at Leeds this season, the squad stuck together with Marsch and the team spirit carried them to vital wins over Liverpool and Bournemouth. It’s a credit to the team mentality that Marsch is forging within his squad, and the board can’t risk breaking all of that over one player.

The last thing the club needs in the midst of a relegation dogfight is additional drama and sagas off the pitch caused by player attitude.

For an asking price of around £30million, Leeds are better off looking around for another available striker – perhaps one that isn’t going to threaten the dressing room’s good spirit.

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