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Journalist says Leeds’ link to ‘extraordinary’ star should be taken ‘seriously’

Leeds United’s reported interest in Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch is “definitely” a rumor to be taken seriously, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

Jesse Marsch celebrates a win at Watford

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After five years at TSG Hoffenheim, the Austrian international’s contract at the Bundesliga club expires at the end of the month, meaning he is able to speak with all interested parties ahead of a summer move.

The Whites are one of several teams expected to follow the 26-year-old, with fellow Premier League side Arsenal also set to follow. interested in the Austrian services.

According to The Telegraph, Leeds have been “monitoring” Grillitsch’s situation ahead of a possible move, although he is not short of potential suitors. Along with the Gunners, Everton are also tracking the midfielder.

Bundesliga clubs are also said to be watching the midfielder’s predicament closely.

Jones believes the West Yorkshire side can now begin to assess “what kind of numbers” can go into Jesse Marsch’s setup to help avoid another relegation battle next season.

He told GiveMeSport: “It was tough for them, obviously, after winning their relegation battle, the relief from that can now be felt, and they can start looking at what kind of numbers can actually help them.

“I think Grillitsch is definitely a target we should take seriously.”

TIF Thoughts on Grillitsch’s potential move to Leeds…

The 33-time Austria international has been a key player for Hoffenheim since joining them from Werder Bremen in 2017. The 26-year-old has made 151 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga club, scoring eight goals and providing 11 assists. .

The midfielder hasn’t played since April due to injury, but he still finished the German team’s second most successful player with an impressive average rating of 7.21 on SofaScore, although he didn’t score a goal or an assist.

Previously described as ‘extraordinary’ by Julian Nagelsmann, he has also proven to be a reliable presence in midfield under Sebastian Hoeness, averaging 69.9 touches, 0.6 key passes and a pass completion rate of 89. %.

The £14.4million-rated Metronome is also hugely versatile, capable of filling gaps in defence.

In his last 30 games in all competitions for club and country, he has often played in the centre-back position, achieving an average WhoScored rating of 7.02 in that position over the past year, which highlights evidence of his influence, positional flexibility and understanding.

The £35,000-a-week playmaker has averaged 1.6 interceptions, 2.1 tackles per game and won 67% of his ground duels in the Bundesliga this term, showing he’s a fantastic protector of his defense and that he possesses the ability to dictate play from deep – a trait Jesse Marsch will surely admire as he aims to improve his team next season.