Leeds United jetted out to Spain to watch SD Huesca’s second tier defeat to Real Valladolid in February amid a claim that they were scouting attacking midfielder Alex Gallar, according to a report.
Twitter account Scouts in Attendance, who have established themselves as a reliable source of information on when clubs are sending scouts out and where they are watching, have claimed that the Whites were indeed keeping an eye on the Spanish Segunda Division tie.
Can confirm that #lufc watched Real Valladolid 3-2 Huesca on Feb 16 – one week after they were reported to be interested in 25yo Huesca MF Alex Gallar (5 goals 7 assists for Segunda leaders)https://t.co/CjwTgRJE8q
— Scouts in Attendance (@scoutsattending) March 14, 2018
The match came a week after a report from Spanish publication Diario De Leon stating that Leeds were interested in signing Alex Gallar in what would be a near-repeat of the club’s capture of Samu Saiz, who arrived from Huesca in the summer of 2017.
The two players operate in the same position, and Gallar was signed by the Spanish side as a replacement for the departing Saiz, who has gone on to establish himself as a firm fans’ favourite at Elland Road.
Football Insider verdict
Could Leeds pull off a near identical swoop from Huesca a year on? Same club, same position, and just two years between Saiz and Gallar in terms of age. Fans may well be worried that the Huesca man will replicate replacing the Whites star after his impressive performances in the Championship this season, and there would be hopes that the two would play in tandem rather than apart. However it is early days yet and it could well be that the club are keeping feelers out for new talents, rather than scouting specific talents, ahead of the transfer window. One to watch perhaps.
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