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2.5 Tackles, 2.1 Interceptions And 2.2 Clearances/game – Why Leeds Should Go All Out To Sign This 26-year Old Ligue1 Defender

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William Remy

Why Leeds United Should Go All Out To Sign William Remy

Having attempted to sign him late in the summer transfer window, stories have circulated again at the start of this week that Leeds United will once again make contact with Montpellier over the availability of William Remy in January.

The 26-year-old central defender has been given the cold shoulder at the French club and now finds himself limited to the possibility of cup appearances at the Stade de la Mosson. A fresh start elsewhere is very much needed now.

His current contract expires in June and it would seem the club will be happy to let him go for very little money in the winter, so a return to a deal they left too late to wrap up could pay off for Leeds this time around.

Of course, the fans will worry about a player who has been shunned at his current club perhaps for not possessing the correct attitude; however, we’ve seen plenty of times before that those in football management can be just as petulant as the players they are supposedly guiding.

On the ability front and before his rebuffing by Montpellier, he held impressive stats in the 2015/16 season in Ligue1 as a relatively young defender.  Managing an average of 2.5 tackles, 2.1 interceptions and 2.2 clearances every game, he stands out and by now, should be figures he could have even improved upon.

He is at the perfect age for a central defender to find his feet and start performing at his very best. So a change of scenery could be just what he needs to bring that top form out of his locker.

Like Jansson, Remy can play on either side of the central defensive partnership but his comfort and coolness in possession means he has been utilised as both a right-back and a defensive midfielder, meaning he would potentially be yet another versatile addition to the Leeds ranks to complement the likes of Vurnon Anita.

One thing I love about this potential deal is that Thomas Chritiansen and the Leeds board clearly don’t look at having Pontus Jansson alone in their ranks as a solution to their defensive questions. Having another quality, strong and stable centre-back alongside the Swede would be tremendous for them and would set them up not only for a promotion charge but also for stability in the Premier League in future.

It must be remembered that Remy represented the French national side at under-19 level and although that is a while ago now, it clearly means he had very real potential as a young player and shows there is a serious amount of talent in there to be unlocked by the right club.