Leeds dodged a bullet as Pulis discusses Van La Parra's Middlesbrough struggles

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa shouts instructions to his team from the technical area during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road on...

Leeds United made an unsuccessful move for Huddersfield Town winger Rajiv Van la Parra before he joined Championship rivals Boro in January.

Rajiv van La Parra of Huddersfield battles with Scott McTominay of Man Utd during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Huddersfield Town and Manchester United at the John Smith's...

Rajiv Van la Parra admitted that he turned down a move to Leeds United before joining Middlesbrough on loan from Huddersfield Town in the January transfer window.

"I indicated that I wanted to go to a club where I could go for minutes,” the Dutchman told EFL Voetbal. "Middlesbrough and Leeds United immediately reported to my agent. Middlesbrough’s (interest) was more concrete than Leeds.”

 

Almost a month on, however, there will be few fans inside Elland Road wondering what might have been if Van la Parra had made the short trip to West Yorkshire from the John Smith’s Stadium.

Because his first few weeks at the Riverside have been little more than a write off. The speedy 27-year-old has made just three substitute appearances for Boro in the Championship with next to no impact – he also failed to impress in the embarrassing FA Cup fourth round defeat to League Two Newport County.

SHEFFIELD, UK 13TH FEBRUARY Rajiv van La Parra of Middlesbrough applauds the travelling fans at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Middlesbrough at...

“I still don’t think he’s found his feet and that takes time. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t,” Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis told Gazette Live when asked about Van La Parra’s ongoing struggles.

With three months left in the season, the one-time Wolves forward still has plenty of time to prove himself in the North East but he could hardly have made a more underwhelming start.

As it stands, it is hard to imagine how on earth Van La Parra would have forced his way into a Leeds team who have been boosted by the improved form of Gianni Alioski and Jack Harrison of late. And, in Jack Clarke, The Whites arguably have the most exciting winger in the Championship.

Rajiv van La Parra of Huddersfield Town looks to get a shot away under a challenge from James McArthur of Crystal Palace  during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and...

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