Have Clarke and Alioski just given Leeds reason to avoid £5m target?

Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between  Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December 23, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing Rajiv van la Parra, but his asking price should put the Whites off a deal.

Marcelo Bielsa, Manager of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December 23, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

After a stunning victory over Aston Villa, Leeds find themselves looking to become the 11th side in a row to gain automatic-promotion after topping the Championship table on Christmas Day.

Heading into today's clash with Blackburn Rovers, Marcelo Bielsa's men have won their last six games in the second tier and find themselves six points clear of third place West Brom.

 

Nevertheless, there will probably be plenty of Leeds supporters who want to see some new players brought in when the January window opens despite how impressive most of the squad has been so far this term.

One player that Leeds reportedly have their eye on is Rajiv van la Parra. The Sun reports the Whites are rivalling Middlesbrough for the Huddersfield winger, who could cost £5 million if he leaves next month.

The Dutchman is a decent player. But given his form over the last couple of years, it would be a surprise if Leeds decided to meet his reported asking price.

Rajiv van La Parra of Huddersfield Town during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Huddersfield Town at Turf Moor on October 6, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom.

The winger is yet to register an assist in the Premier League since Huddersfield's promotion, and he has contributed just five in the league since the start of the 2015/16 campaign.

On a loan deal, it would probably be worth the risk for Leeds. And given what Bielsa has done for some players already, it would be difficult to argue with him if he is adamant that van la Parra is a player that he wants.

But given how good Jack Clarke and Gjanni Alioski were in the victory at Aston Villa on Sunday, Leeds must consider looking elsewhere when the window opens.

Alioski put in his best display in a long time. The Macedonia international reminded the fans of his quality and proved why Bielsa has kept so much faith with him.

Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between  Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December 23, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Meanwhile, Clarke proved to be the catalyst for the turnaround. The youngster scored the first goal and looked a threat from the moment he came on at half-time. 

Pablo Hernandez has also shone in wide areas this season, while Leeds can call upon the likes of Jack Harrison, Izzy Brown, Stuart Dallas and Jamie Shackleton as well as several others when they have a fully fit squad.

As mentioned, if Bielsa gives the green light for Leeds to spend £5 million on van la Parra, then you cannot rule out the possibility that he may end up pulling off another masterstroke. But based on how important and impressive Clarke and Alioski were at Villa Park, Leeds should not be afraid to focus their attention elsewhere when the window opens. 

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