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Leeds United Enquire About This Young South American Winger: Is Bielsa Taking A Gamble Here?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

According to latest reports from Ecuadorian publication El Telegrafo, Leeds United have enquired about winger Alexander Alvarado. The winger currently plies his trade in Ecuador’s top flight for SD Aucas. Leeds United are in the market to sign three wingers, and it is no surprise to see them getting linked with one.

It’s being said that Leeds United watched the Ecuadorian in the recently concluded u-20 FIFA World Cup which was won by Ukraine. The Whites have enquired about the player, and Alvarado is calmly weighing up his future after an impressive showing in the World Cup.

Bielsa is known to have a vast knowledge of football, and it is not surprising to see him trying to make use of his understanding of South American football to help Leeds United. Players in the Championship and the Premier League would cost a bomb to sign, and maybe the club can find some hidden gems in unusual places.

Why Leeds United desperately need to add wingers?

The Whites had tried to bring in Daniel James in January, but the move collapsed in the final moments. Therefore the club has been after a winger since January and Bielsa probably realises the weakness he has in that department. Jack Harrison and Ezgjan Alioski played down the left flank last season.

Alioski was extremely poor with his final product, and he did a far better job when he played as a fullback. On the other hand, Harrison was also below par in his performances, and there were numerous occasions when Bielsa had to substitute him at half time. Jack Clarke is an effective option, but he still needs some experience and game time to become a top player.

A Gamble from Bielsa?

Alvarado is known to be a left winger with impressive pace who showcases good work rate. Not much is known about the player as he has just started his career right now at the top level. He joined Aucas in January 2018 from Gualaceo SC. The winger managed one goal in u-20 World cup in 7 appearances. His numbers aren’t really much to talk about just yet, but it seems like United scouts like what they see in the player.

It’s tough to judge now how this signing would pan out if the Whites go ahead with it. Alvarado is yet to play outside of his home country, so it would be a massive step for him moving to a club like Leeds United. Only time will tell whether he would be able to thrive at this level if United go on to sign him.

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