Phil Hay has been speaking on the latest edition of The Athletic’s The Phil Hay Show about all things relating to Leeds United.
One of the topics that came up was the Whites’ potential plans for the next transfer window after they didn’t sign anyone in the January window.
Leeds spent £96m in the summer transfer window, and they insisted that they were going to be quiet in January, which turned out to be true.
However, it looks like planning has already started for the summer, and it looks like the Whites want a left-back.
Hay said: “It sounds very much to me, from what I’ve been told, that a left-back is going to be high up the agenda at Leeds in the summer.
“I personally think it should be.”
Hay then revealed that Ligue 1 defender Romain Perraud could be someone who the Whites are very keen to bring to Elland Road.
“Romain Perraud is a player at Stade Brest in France and is starting to become one of the leading left-backs over there.
“We did an assessment of him looking at what his strengths were, looking at what his weaknesses were.
“It’s very clear from the performance data that he’s a really attacking left-back who is good at creating chances, good at coming up with shots himself, a threat going forward – but also, really good at employing the press.
“On those basic pointers alone, you can see why Leeds are very, very interested in him.”
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TIF Thoughts on Leeds’ search for a left-back…
This season, Marcelo Bielsa has used the likes of Ezgjan Alioski and Stuart Dallas at left-back; however, Alioski is out of contract in the summer and Dallas is not a natural left-back, so you can see why the Whites might be looking at signing one in the summer.
Hay mentions that Leeds are interested in Perraud, who has indeed been linked with a move to Elland Road.
Perraud is also only valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, which may suggest that the Whites could get him in the summer without having to break the bank – though Hay did also go on to note that he had not long signed a new deal, which expires in 2025.
However, it remains to be seen if Leeds make a move for Perraud or not.