Leeds United managed to keep their place in the Premier League this season despite having a rather troublesome campaign.
Not that it would matter to most Leeds fans now given the club will be facing another season in the top flight, but the Whites did end the 2021/22 campaign with the second-worst defensive record in the league.
In 38 games, the Elland Road outfit conceded 79 goals in total, leaving only Norwich City (84) having let more in.
One of the many players to get their names on the scoresheet against Leeds was Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin.
Back in September, the Frenchman stopped the Whites from securing an away victory at St. James’ Park when he cancelled out Raphinha’s opening goal.
To further highlight his attacking talent, no other player in the entire league came close to equalling the number of successful dribbles he completed (140).
With the summer transfer window now open, this could give Jesse Marsch the chance to bring his own version of the £50m Newcastle dynamo to Elland Road.
That’s because the Whites have been linked with Wolves forward Adama Traore.
With 160 appearances in the Premier League, the £46k-per-week Spaniard certainly has enough experience under his belt at that level to hit the ground running if he does make a move to Yorkshire this summer.
Having a rating of 97/100 for progressive carries and 95/100 for dribbles completed by FBref, who also list Saint-Maximin as the number one similar player to the Wolves attacker, it’s easy to see why Leeds and Marsch could have the chance to land their own version of the Toon trickster.
Traore has also shown how much of a nuisance he can be against the top sides in the Premier League as Jurgen Klopp described him as “unplayable” after he previously ran riot against Liverpool.
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If Wolves look to get rid of the 26-year-old on a permanent basis this summer, Leeds and Victor Orta should be the first in line to take Traore to see if he can reignite his career in England after his recent loan spell with Barcelona.
Should the winger find himself back in the Premier League, playing in an attacking side like Leeds who racked up 711 shot-creating actions in the league this season, it could give him the chance to reign terror on opposition defences once again.
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