According to Spanish media source Estadio Deportivo, Leeds United have an interest in bringing Paris Saint-Germain winger Jése Rodríguez to Elland Road.
Rodriquez was a target for the Whites in the winter transfer window. Some observers said that only a reluctance to enter a short-term deal with an English club, and the short acclimatisation time, counted against Leeds.
As it was, the former Spanish youth international went to Real Betis in Spain’s La Liga competition. Whilst at Betis, Rodríguez featured in 18 games, scoring twice with goals against Celta Vigo and Real Madrid.
It was at Madrid that he made his first big steps in football, coming up through the feted Mestella academy system, eventually making his way in to the first-team set-up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
After 40 games (22 goals and 12 assists) for Real Madrid Castilla, he stepped up to the first-team and featured in 94 games for Los Blancos, 94 games in which he scored 18 goals and provided 15 assists.
Starring for Real Madrid caught the eyes of French football giants Paris Saint-Germain and a £22.5million transfer came about in early August 2016. However, the Canarian-born Spaniard hasn’t really settled in with PSG and his spell there has been punctuated with a series of loans out of the club.
One such loan saw him actually enter English football, Rodríguez spending much of the 2017/18 season with Stoke City during what proved to be their relegation season from the Premier League. During his time with the Potters, he featured in 13 games and marked one goal – scoring the decisive goal on his debut in a 1-0 victory over Arsenal.
Interest in Jése Rodríguez would definitely be timely for Leeds United, what with the Whites seeing last season’s regular wide left wing Jack Harrison return to parent club Manchester City.
Whilst he may not have hit the straps at PSG, nor at Stoke in the Premier League, at Championship level it would be a different story. Clichés are often thrown around like wedding confetti, clichés such as ‘player X would rip this league up’.
That sentiment would need to be reined in some, but you could easily see him being more than successful at Elland Road in the Sky Bet Championship competition.