Leeds United are currently 5th favourites to gain promotion from the Championship according to most bookmakers, suggesting that they have some way to go if they’re to make their dreams of a return to the Premier League a reality next season.
New boss Marcelo Bielsa has certainly brought an air of optimism to the club, while the sprinkling of stardust he provides is also said to be attracting a higher quality of player. His next recruit, for example, is believed to be joining from the French top flight.
Pedro Rebocho is a player of some pedigree, having come through the ranks at Benfica and won the Taça da Liga (Portugal’s equivalent of the League Cup) with Moreirense before moving to Guingamp in France, and it’s now believed that his next stop could be Elland Road.
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The talented and dynamic left-back won many plaudits in Ligue 1 last season, and his side’s performances improved markedly in the 19 games in which he appeared.
With the ability to cover huge amounts of ground, Rebocho’s influence was seen at both ends of the field. His side both scored more and conceded less when he was on the pitch, emphasising just how influential he can be.
Guingamp’s season was ultimately rather anticlimactic, with a lack of consistency seeing them finish midtable. It must be tempting, however, for their fans to wonder what might have been had Rebocho played more regularly. Extending the 42% win ratio they enjoyed with him in the side would have surely propelled them higher, with even European qualification a possibility.
Bielsa clearly has a plan for how he wants his Leeds side to play, and Rebocho could be a key player in implementing it. At 23-years-old he’s only going to get better and, in the long term, his signing could prove to be a truly brilliant piece of business.
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