Leeds send scouts to watch Guerreiro

Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Raphaël Guerreiro to Elland Road in the January transfer window.

That’s according to a report by 90min, who claim that Victor Orta sent scouts to watch the Borussia Dortmund left-back in action against Borussia Mönchengladbach last Friday, ahead of the Spaniard launching a potential move for the 28-year-old this winter.

This is not the first time the Portugal international has been a target of Leeds, with the Whites having also been linked with the full-back in the summer transfer window – when Manchester City were also reported to be keen on the defender.

Orta must move

Considering just how impressive Guerreiro has been for Dortmund in recent years, in addition to how much of a problem position left-back has been for Jesse Marsch this season, it is easy to see why Orta would be interested in a deal to bring the 28-year-old to Elland Road in January.

Indeed, the £17.5m-rated talent is incredibly dangerous going forwards, with FBref ranking Guerreiro in the top 3% of full-backs of Europe’s big five leagues for non-penalty goals per 90, as well as the top 5% for non-penalty xG, the top 4% for shots, the top 19% for assists and the top 19% for shot creating actions over the last 365 days.

The £59k-per-week defender also impresses in possession of the ball, with FBref ranking the 56-cap star in the top 11% of full-backs for passes attempted, the top 15% for passes completed, the top 7% for progressive passes, the top 16% for dribbles completed and the top 26% for touches in the opposition penalty area over the last 12 months.

As a result of these remarkable metrics, the statistical database list the likes of Manchester City’s João Cancelo, Barcelona’s Jordi Alba, AC Milan’s Theo Hernández, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies as some of the 28-year-old’s most comparable players – highlighting his undoubted calibre in the game.

And, with injuries to both Junior Firpo and Stuart Dallas having left Marsch extremely short of choice at left-back this season – with Pascal Struijk featuring out of position in that role – the signing of a new player in the position this January would appear to fix a big lingering problem at Elland Road.

As such, should Orta manage to get a deal over the line for the player who Michael Zorc dubbed “exceptionally good” this winter, it is clear for all to see that Guerreiro would make an absolutely unreal addition to the Whites backline ahead of the second half of the Premier League campaign.