Why Leeds United should win the race for FC Groningen star Mimoun Mahi

Mimoun Mahi

All the latest Leeds United news reports point out to the fact that the club could lose out on FC Groningen star Mimoun Mahi, with FC Zurich closing in on a move. The 24-year-old winger has been heavily linked with a move to Leeds, but no move has materialized so far despite manager Marcelo Bielsa looking to reinforce his team.

However, the 24-year-old Eredivisie star has been in excellent form this season for Groningen, producing 10 goals in just 16 appearances, showing his skill both off the bench and even as a starter for a large part of this season. But what first attracted Leeds United to Mahi, is the Moroccan’s incredible speed and agility, which he combines with close control and rather impressive dribbling abilities to lethal effect.

That’s something that Leeds United have lacked and while they do have the likes of Ezgjan Alioski, Stuart Dallas, Jack Clarke, Pablo Hernandez and even Jack Harrison, there is room for improvement, especially with a promotion looking likely. Marcelo Bielsa’s side are in second place at the moment, with Norwich City only a mere two points ahead of them.

Even if the club doesn’t win the Championship, a second place finish is more than enough to ensure promotion to the Premier League. That is where they will need the 24-year-old Mahi’s skills and ability on the ball. The English top tier is a high-octane and very physical league with many calling it among the best in the world, but more so, players need to be at their very best.

While there is no doubting the ability of the players that Bielsa has at his disposal, Leeds United could use Mimoun Mahi. Not only with the 24-year-old’s pace and agility come in handy but more so, it’s Mahi’s ability in the final third that the Peacocks will need. Their creator-in-chief in the Championship this season has been Pablo Hernandez but the Spaniard is 33 years old and will struggle to cope up with the heavy Premier League schedule.

However, while Leeds United won’t want to do anything to harm exciting youngster Jack Clarke’s development, missing out Mahi would be a big mistake. Not only with the 24-year-old help Clarke improve his abilities, but more so, with Mahi’s creativity, even top scorer Kemar Roofe would start scoring more, despite the 26-year-old finding the net 14 times this season. Everything for Leeds United would get better with Mahi, but for that, a move first needs to be made.

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Author: chris darwen