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Leeds United Target Ready To Switch To Elland Road In The Summer: A Good Option For Bielsa?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Voetbal International, as cited by Yorkshire Post, Leeds United have received a boost in pursuit of Orkun Kokcu. The club had failed with a bid to sign the Feyenoord midfielder in January, but the player is now open to a summer switch to Elland Road. His current contract at Feyenoord expires in the summer of 2025, though.

Who Is Orkun Kokcu?

A product of the Feyenoord youth academy, Kokcu rose into prominence last season when he became a key first-team player for his team. He made 22 league appearances, being involved in six goals. As a result, the youngster was a subject of major interest from clubs across Europe last summer, although he did end up signing a five-year contract extension at PSV.

Kokcu’s progress in the ongoing campaign has been marred by an ankle injury. But, his dribbling prowess, combined with his dynamic nature and tenacity are still a quality asset that makes him one of the most promising players in the team.

Although a central midfielder, the Turkish international does favour the attacking side of the game, which is why the 20-year-old can also play as a number ten. It does, however, come at the expense of a lack of discipline and temperament.

Leeds United have received a boost in pursuit of Orkun Kokcu - The ideal target?
GRONINGEN – Orkun Kokcu of Feyenoord during the Dutch Eredivisie match between FC Groningen and Feyenoord Rotterdam at the Hitachi Capital Mobility stadium on February 24, 2021 in Groningen, The Netherlands. TOM BODE MULTIMEDIA Dutch Eredivisie 2020/2021 xVIxANPxSportx/xTomxBodexMultimediaxIVx *** GRONINGEN Orkun Kokcu of Feyenoord during the Dutch Eredivisie match between FC Groningen and Feyenoord Rotterdam at the Hitachi Capital Mobility stadium on February 24, 2021 in Groningen, The Netherlands TOM BODE MULTIMEDIA Dutch Eredivisie 2020 2021 xVIxANPxSportx xTomxBodexMultimediaxIVx 428598493

Is He A Viable Option For Leeds United?

Leeds United are in desperate need of reinforcements in the midfield unit in the summer. They have evidently struggled in the absence of Kalvin Phillips while the form of Mateusz Klich has endured a steady dip. As a result, Marcelo Bielsa has had to rely on the services of Stuart Dallas and the young Jamie Shackleton, at times.

In Kokcu, the Whites could find themselves a viable alternative for Klich and a long-term replacement for the ageing Pablo Hernandez. His attack-minded style of play should help him ideally slot himself in the advanced midfield roles, although the player’s lack of discipline might turn out to be an issue.

Especially under the tactical philosophy of Bielsa, Kokcu must work on his temperament in order to settle himself quickly at Elland Road. In hindsight, though, the Turkish international is indeed a viable target for Leeds United, a lot could still depend on how much PSV demand for their star midfielder in the summer transfer window.

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