Journalist and YouTuber Conor McGilligan has stated Leeds United should use the example of Raphinha getting his dream move to Barcelona in order to entice top target Charles De Ketelaere to Elland Road this summer, amid competition from Milan.
The Whites are looking to continue bolstering their attacking options after bringing in Brenden Aaronson and Luis Sinisterra so far this summer with De Ketelaere, but are looking second best to Milan, who seem to be edging closer to bringing in the Belgian youngster, according to Calciomercato.
Considering this, McGilligan believes that Leeds sporting director Victor Orta should use the example of their former star Raphinha, who showcased his talents at Elland Road for two seasons before managing to get his dream move to Barcelona.
McGilligan said on the One Leeds Fan Channel: “I’m not sure [Leeds would] be a poor move for him. He’d be a Premier League player, and if I’m Victor Orta, I’m just using the Raphinha example every single time.
“Every single time I’m using the Raphinha example and I’m saying, ‘look, this is what he did, this is what happened with Raphinha, we bought him for this fee, showed himself on the Premier League stage for one year and look where he’s at now, he’s got his dream club’.
“So, I do think it is a platform, the Premier League. Leeds United are a massive draw, of course they are, but I do think when you compare Leeds United with and without Marcelo Bielsa, in my opinion, the profile of the club is definitely lessened.”
TIF Thoughts on McGilligan’s comments…
While Leeds are certainly a big club in England, their current form and relative obscurity in terms of what they will be next season will make it hard for them to battle with the likes of Milan, who are currently coming off a Serie A title win and have Champions League football next season.
That being said, if De Ketelaere is not certain he wants to make a move to the Italian giants, it could be worth making a brief switch to the Premier League with Leeds in order to showcase his talents on the biggest stage in league football.
Raphinha did this last season, and after bagging 11 goals in all competitions for the Whites, he was allowed to leave for a hefty price to the club he was desperate to go to. Leeds proved that they will sell their players to clubs they want to go to and will not just ship them off to the highest bidders.
De Ketelaere could find himself on the radar of some of the biggest clubs in the world soon, and if Leeds do not push higher up the table, it will almost certainly be easier to get a move from the club further down the line, provided he performs.
But if Milan is the forward’s dream destination, it might prove too late for Leeds to move.
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July 28, 2022 at 9:02 pm
Don’t you think Victor would have already thought of that? Dear me. These You Tubers. Priceless
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