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Leeds United Are Showing Interest In This Eredivisie Full-Back: Dream Option For Marsch?

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In a recent report, Dutch news outlet Soccer News stated that Leeds United are showing interest in Ajax full-back Nicolas Tagliafico. It has been mentioned that the Whites along with Leicester City have both been eyeing a move for the Argentine talent over the past few years.

Tagliafico’s Unimpressive Season At The Johan Cruijff ArenA

Tagliafico is experiencing a campaign of mixed emotions at the Amsterdam club as he has struggled to earn regular starts in Dutch football. The 29-year-old has scored three times and grabbed four assists in 29 matches for Ajax this season across all competitions.

The 39-time Argentine international has seen most of his appearances come as a substitute which explains why he is only averaging 1.0 tackles, 0.4 interceptions, 0.3 clearances, 0.6 shots, 0.6 key passes and 0.4 dribbles per game in the Dutch Eredivisie. However, Tagliafico has distributed the ball well after making 83.7% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Dutch football (stats via whoscored).

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GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR – MARCH 29: Gonzalo Plata of Ecuador fights for the ball with Nicolas Tagliafico of Argentina during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification match between Ecuador and Argentina at Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha on March 29, 2022 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. (Photo by Jose Jacome – Pool/Getty Images)
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Is Tagliafico A Dream Option For Leeds United Boss Jesse Marsch This Summer?

Tagliafico can use his quickness to make some decent runs with the ball down the left flank. The Argentine sensation can be a good defender at the back when he is playing regularly on the field. He can even chip in by scoring and creating some important goals for his team in the final third.

Tagliafico is primarily a left-back but is versatile enough to fill in as a left-sided wide player or as a centre-back if needed. Thus, he would be a terrific signing for the Whites this summer, considering they look set to be relegated from the Premier League.

The South American full-back will undoubtedly enhance the quality of Leeds boss Jesse Marsch‘s starting XI. At 29, he has still got a few good years left in him to play at a high level which makes him a good fit for the Elland Road club. With all things considered, a player of Tagliafico’s skillset and experience will be a dream option for the West Yorkshire giants during this summer transfer window.

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