According to Portuguese publication Desporto ao Minuto, Leeds United are ready to return to Sporting Lisbon to bring another of their youngsters to Elland Road.
Last time out it was rapid right-winger Hadi Sacko who Leeds signed from the Portuguese giants, the French speedster having spent a season on loan at the Whites. However, the Whites are said returning in January to fill a different slot.
Desporto ao Minuto say that Leeds have already probed the possibility of bringing in defender Tobias Figueiredo, a 23-year-old centre-back struggling to break through into the ranks at Jorge Jesus’ Liga NOS side.
The Portuguese publication cites sport daily A Bola who add a degree of certainty to this story saying that a “formal approach” has been made to Sporting, an approach that is “more specifically Leeds United.”
A Bola say that Leeds have contacted Sporting and are wanting to know what terms the Portuguese club would be willing to accept a deal on for the young defender. They go on to say that the transfer “may have legs” if the Whites, who sit eighth in the Championship, are willing to make a bid “between €3 million and €4m.”
Now that’s all well and good, but there’s one thing that remains to be asked – who is Tobias Figuieredo?
Tobias Figueiredo – five things for Leeds fans to know
1. He’s (largely) a one-club man: apart from starting out at junior club SC Penalva Castelo between 2003-2005, Figueiredo has always been at Sporting. He moved from the youth squad into the Under-15s in 2007, making his way up through the ranks. He finally made it in to Sporting’s B squad in 2013/14, leaving on loan to Spanish side Reus Deportiu at the end of January 2014.
Playing in a second tier competition, youngster Figueiredo made 13 appearances for the Spanish side, scoring once against UE Olot. His next loan away from Sporting was to fellow Liga NOS side Nacional, this loan move lasting the whole of last season. Despite playing 22 games in the league, and scoring against Benfica in a 3-1 loss, Figueiredo was unable to prevent Nacional’s relegation.
2. He’s got international pedigree: Figueiredo has represented Portugal 65 times at all levels from Under-15s to the B side, for whom he turned out for on March 28 last year in a 14-minute cameo against Mexico Under-23. He played most for Portugal’s Under-17 side (23 games) for whom he scored three goals. Moving up the age groups, he played 15 times for the Under-21 side – including three games against
3. Leeds United fans reactions on Twitter
you better believe I’m watching Tobias Figueiredo GOALS/SKILLS/PASSES 2015-2016 HD
— Ben (@Beeeennnnnnnnnn) December 7, 2017
— Hank Scorpio (@hank_lufc) December 7, 2017
4. What would you expect in a typical 90 minutes (for Nacional last season)
- 1.1 tackles attempted, 0.9 tackles successful, 0.2 times dribbled (82% successful)
- 3.4 interceptions
- 5.5 clearances
- 0.9 blocks
- 10.7 defensive actions (tackles/interceptions/clearances/blocks)
- 33.4 attempted passes, 24.3 completed passes (72.75% accuracy)
- 1 possession loss (0.6 bad touch/0.4 tackled)
5. Video highlight reel: goals, skills and passes
It is beyond doubt that Leeds United are a little threadbare at the back. However, only time will tell whether this rumour is just that or whether it has the legs to actually turn into something a little more concrete.