Junior Firpo to Leeds United: Barcelona left-back should instantly improve Elland Road squad Yorkshire News

Twelve months ago, Leeds was happy to let the only one on their books, Barry Douglas, walk out on loan for the remainder of his contract, but Stuart Dallas’s development since then and Ezgjan Alioski’s contract are running out means they can no longer ignore the gap. in your squad.

Leeds won the 2020 Championship with Dallas largely as a left back and of course he was brilliant there. The Northern Ireland international is brilliant in every position he’s headed for.

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But the Whites’ first season back in the Premier League jumped a notch in the second half of last season, and another change in position for Dallas was vital. A regular winger or winger in the first half of the campaign, he played central midfield for 13 of the last 18 Premier League games, never more striking than at Manchester City.

OBJECTIVE: Barcelona’s left-back Junior Firpo joins Leeds United

The balance between attack and defense improved, Leeds were a better team. For the first time in years, Mateusz Klich’s name on a team sheet was no longer guaranteed.

Allowing Dallas to continue playing there makes the team better on its own.

In the void he continued Alioski’s education as a winger. Despite the strange erratic timing, the North Macedonian suited the role well, and had he signed the new deal that was offered to him, Leeds could have easily played another 12 months without worrying about it.

But for whites at the moment it is not about standing still, it is about progress. European football is a realistic medium, perhaps even short-term goal for a club that has not done its best for too long.

As crazy as it might have sounded not too long ago, at around £ 13 million, the 24-year-old Dominican with Spanish citizenship comes at a price that is far from guaranteeing an improvement for a Premier League side in the middle of the table, but after what Leeds got. Back for the £ 17 million they paid for Raphinha last summer, there are still bargains.

Hugely indebted Barcelona are desperately trying to ditch the players to make room on their salary bill for Lionel Messi, incredibly unemployed like Alioski right now, within the rules of financial fair play, regardless of economic common sense.

Jordi Alaba’s form means that Firpo has had very little first-team football at the Camp Nou, but that is not a sign of a good player. The fact that he can play anywhere through a back four suggests the intelligence and adaptability you must have if you want to play for Marcelo Bielsa.

The team will look much better with Firpo on board.

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