The Arsenal player Leeds United should sign on loan

Coquelin

Leeds United should move to bring in Francis Coquelin on loan

New Leeds manager Darko Milanic indicated after his first game in charge of the club that he was not entirely satisfied with the midfield.

He felt his side could not chase the game at Brentford by bringing on another striker, as the players were too inexperienced.

He cannot make any permanent additions at present due to the transfer window being closed, but there is one loan deal he should strongly consider.

Arsenal currently have Francis Coquelin desperate for first team action, and sitting on the sidelines, playing under-21 football, an age group he is too old for.

The defensive midfielder has not made any Premier League appearances for the side this season, playing only once in the Capital One Cup.

Having spent last season being played out of position largely by German side Freiburg, he is in need of rejuvenating his career.

That's why the 23-year-old should consider a move to Leeds to get regular playing time, and put himself back on the footballing map, with his contract set to expire next summer.

  PositionTeamTacklesBall recoveriesChances createdAppearances
Francis Coquelin MF Arsenal 31 67 5 21

Coquelin has played 21 games for Arsenal in the Premier League, as well as featuring in the Champions League.

The Frenchman is not the most creative player, a holding midfielder instead, but with Leeds carving out more chances against Brentford than in any other game this season, that would not be his role.

He recovers the ball for his side on average three plus times per game, but it must also be noted he has appeared as a substitute in 12 of the 21 Premier League games played, and so if he had been on the field for 90 minutes the figures must be even higher.

On a loan deal, even until January, a player of Coquelin's quality, who was featuring in the Europa League last season, would be a sensible addition, and allow the young players like Mowatt, Cook and Sloth to flourish.

In need of a regular playing time to keep his career ticking, a move to Championship club would be good for Coquelin, and the side fortunate enough to land him.-

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