Alan Hutton insists Leeds United will have a playmaker in the Bruno Fernandes mould if they seal the signing of Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul.
The former Aston Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes a good number 10 can be the difference between success and failure in England’s top flight.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Whites have agreed personal terms with the Argentina international and are currently in talks with the 26-year-old’s club over what would be a blockbuster transfer.
Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa currently has Pablo Hernandez and Tyler Roberts as their senior options in attacking midfield.
Hutton believes there is huge amounts of pressure on the number 10 role nowadays and that finding a quality player who can link the midfield and attack is vital.
Asked how important a good playmaker is in the Premier League, Hutton told Football Insider: “Absolutely crucial, I think if you look at most teams and the way they set up to play, whether it be 4-2-3-1 or what, it’s not just a central striker, it’s they’re very fluid, they move about, they change positions.
“It’s a massive position nowadays and there’s a lot of pressure on number 10s at the moment. Gone are the days where it was a 4-4-2 where you had a big striker and a little striker, it’s moved on from then.
“You’re going to see a lot more pressure put on a number 10 not just to go out and express himself but to create, make things happen.
“If you can get someone in that position with that sort of ability, your (Bruno) Fernandes, Grealish and all these type of boys, they’re the type that can be the spark and help you. This league’s difficult, every game is difficult so you need these creative players in the squad.”
De Paul, a 16-cap Argentina international, scored seven goals and contributed a further seven assists in 35 appearances for Udinese last season.
In other Leeds United news, a rival has agreed to sign a midfielder from Elland Road after a breakthrough in negotiations.