By Noel Whelan

21st Jun, 2021 | 12:42pm

Whelan expects Leeds to enter race to sign 'exceptional' Gosen after what he's seen

Noel Whelan would be “disappointed” and “surprised” if Leeds United were not interested in signing Germany international Robin Gosens this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites striker claimed the 26-year-old “ticks all the boxes” for Marcelo Bielsa after watching his “exceptional” performance against Portugal.

Gosens contributed a goal and two assists on Saturday, as Germany beat Portugal 4-2 to strengthen their hopes of qualifying for the Euros knockout stages.

The left-back plies his trade domestically for Italian side Atalanta, where he has two years remaining on his contract.

Leeds United are prioritising the signing of a left-back in this transfer window, with Ezgjan Alioski potentially leaving at the end of his contract this month.

Whelan hopes Gosens is a player being considered by sporting director Victor Orta.

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“You can never take your eye off the ball in regards to recruitment,” he told Football Insider. “Leeds always need to be looking.

“Gosens was exceptional against Portugal and he loves to attack and get into the opposition box. Now we know that is a quality Marcelo Bielsa desires from his full-backs because we have seen it from Dallas, Ayling and Alioski.

“Gosens is strong, powerful, good on the ball and has great energy. For me, he ticks all of the boxes for Leeds.

“Any club would be a fool not to keep tabs on him, especially if you are in the market for a left-back.

“He shone the other night and I would be disappointed and surprised if Leeds weren’t tracking him.”

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