Leeds United need to make signing a new left-back their top priority — and Romain Perraud fits the bill.
That is according to ex-United right-back Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after French outlet Le10Sport revealed that the club are targeting the 23-year-old Brest defender.
Perraud is a French attacking left-back with more assists to his name (5) than any other defender in Ligue 1 this season.
He has also created more chances (19) than Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe (15).
Marcelo Bielsa has been forced to field players out of position in order to accommodate the lack of a natural left-sided defender in the squad so far this season.
He claimed Perraud is top of the Leeds shopping list going into the summer.
“It’s one of Bielsa’s top priorities,” Mills told Football Insider. “When you look at the left-back position, Alioski fills in from time to time, as does Dallas.
“They’ve done incredibly well, don’t get me wrong, but they are filling in. You do need at some point a specialist in that position.
“It’s bizarre isn’t it that the first thing we talk about is how many assists a full-back’s got? He’s a left-sided defender, ‘defender’ being the keyword.
“But that’s how the modern game is, it’s no so much ‘Oh, he’s a great defender, he’s been involved in X clean sheets,’ it’s ‘How many assists has he got? How many crosses has he put in?’
“But having a natural left-sided player can be so useful in terms of adding a little bit of balance to the side.”
Perraud is a former France Under-20 international and has played 48 times for Brest since signing from Nice in 2019.
His Brest side currently sit 12th in the Ligue 1 table after finishing 14th in the previous curtailed French top-flight season.