Would Leeds United have been better off signing Federico Viviani?

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United were linked with another Italian in the summer but they did not ultimately complete the deal.

Last summer, Leeds United were linked with a loan move for AS Roma midfielder Federico Viviani; that is until the Championship club’s owner gave a brief insight into the negotiating process.

In comments published by Sky Sports, Massimo Cellino explained that he had called a halt to discussions following the player’s demands.

“He is a good player, a talented player, but I cannot sign someone like that,” the Leeds supremo said.

But how would things have turned out if Viviani had arrived at Elland Road rather than gone back on loan to Italian side Latina?

There is no way of knowing for sure, but while Leeds manager Neil Redfearn has at times struggled with suspensions and injuries in midfield, Viviani has played 28 matches for his temporary side, scoring seven goals and providing four assists in that time.

When you consider recent Leeds loanee Granddi Ngoyi has been blighted by injuries practically from the moment he arrived in January, there is a case to be made that Cellino opted for the wrong midfielder.

Of course clubs should not be held to ransom. But Leeds would no doubt have benefited from a player who is not only flexible – he can play as either a forward-thinking midfielder or a more defensive-minded one – but whose goal’s would have been welcome at a club that has been somewhat let down in that department by some of their preferred front-men.

Cellino and Nicola Salerno call the shots in terms of incomings at Leeds, but perhaps in this case they should have been a bit more flexible in their offer, signing a player who may have made the difference more often than not.

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