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Leeds United Need To Step Up Their Pursuit Of This Ligue 1 Midfielder: What Should Marsch Do?

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In a recent report, Calciomercato revealed that Leeds United need to step up their pursuit of Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi. It has been claimed that the Whites have been told to step up their chase if they are serious about signing the Morocco international.

Ounahi’s Decent Run Of Form In French Football

Ounahi is having a solid season for both his club and nation after putting in a run of impressive displays at the centre of the park. The 22-year-old has made 15 appearances for Angers during this campaign but is yet to score or assist a goal across multiple competitions.

The Moroccan sensation has anchored the midfield with conviction by averaging 1.3 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 1.5 shots, 1.1 key passes and 2.6 dribbles per game in Ligue 1. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball from the back after making 88.3% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

His current deal at the French club will expire in the summer of 2026. Thus, it won’t be easy for Leeds to engineer a move to bring him to Elland Road this month.

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What Should Leeds United Boss Jesse Marsch Do With Regards To Ounahi?

Ounahi loves a tackle and can scan the danger quickly to earn the ball back for his side in the middle of the pitch. He can strike the ball with power and accuracy from long range and has got the vision to cut open the opposition defence with some accurate passes in the final third. The Morocco international is also quite clever with his movements in and around the opponent’s penalty box. He mainly operates as a box-to-box midfielder but is also versatile enough to play in the number ten position or act as a defensive midfielder if asked to do so.

We can expect Ounahi to add more bite and steel to Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch‘s midfield if the Whites can find a way to bring him on board. However, he has to figure out a way to cope with the physical side and high intensity of English football.

At 22, Ounahi will only get better in the coming seasons which makes him an excellent, long-term option for the Yorkshire giants to consider this year.

Thus, Marsch would be wise to step up his pursuit to sign Ounahi as he could help the Whites challenge for a European place in the Premier League over the next decade.

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