Not just Pedraza: Three brilliant Villarreal talents Leeds could be monitoring after reported scout mission
By Matt Farr
A report from Spanish news outlet AS claims that La Liga outfit Villarreal have been frequently subjected to intense scouting from English clubs over the course of the season.
Among the sides closely monitoring Villarreal are Championship high-flyers Leeds, who acquired one of the club’s top emerging talents in Alfonso Pedraza during the January transfer window.
The exciting winger moved to Elland Road on loan until the end of the season, with an option for the Yorkshire club to sign him on a permanent basis if promoted to the top flight.
But Leeds scouts are still believed to be visiting Villarreal ahead of the summer window, and Football Insider reveals three brilliant talents they could be looking to sign.
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One item likely to be at the top of the agenda this summer is a new goalscorer. Chris Wood has been formidable for Leeds this season, but he has had little support from his team mates in front of goal.
Leeds will need to bring in another goalscorer in the summer to ease the burden off Wood’s shoulders, and Bakambu could be the man for the job.
The 25-year-old has scored just four goals this season from 24 appearances, but his haul of 22 strikes from 51 appearances last term shows exactly what he is capable of.
He is an intelligent footballer, has blistering pace, and has great movement to match his poacher-style finishing.
A move for Bakambu would be a realistic option for Leeds if they were to win promotion to the Premier League for next season.
Leeds are likely to have become familiar with Mario Gonzalez during their pursuit of Alfonso Pedraza, as the two wingers are quite similar.
The 21-year-old is a youth product from the Villarreal academy, but is starting to make tracks into the first team squad after impressing for the B team.
He has scored four goals from 25 appearances for the Villarreal B team this season, earning two appearances for the senior side.
Gonzalez can operate on either wing, as well as in a forward role, and could be a valuable emerging talent to snap up before the big guns start circling.
If Monk fancies adding a young, attack-minded full-back to his ranks this summer, Miguel Llambrich would be a decent bet.
Llambrich, otherwise known as Miguelon, plays as a right back for Villarreal’s B team, but could do a decent job as a first team player for Leeds.
He is another enticing young Villarreal prospect with electric pace, getting up and down the wing without respite. His positioning is also strong, an attribute that will be tested to the extreme in the Premier League.
The added bonus is that he could be available on the cheap, with him yet to make inroads into the first team setup.
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