Leeds United are casting an eye on Frederico Venancio in the ongoing, busy transfer window. Understandably, they are seeking reinforcements for the next season in order to challenge for the Playoffs, especially after a dreadful 2018. No one knows what is to follow at Elland Road, after the sacking of the in-efficacious Paul Heckingbottom and uncertainty over Pontus Jansson’s future at the club.
Should the reliable centre-half turn to the exit doors, the Whites will be in serious pressure as far as their business in the trading window is concerned.
The Vitoria Setubal defender spent the previous season on-loan to Sheffield Wednesday, impressing with his displays since the turn of the year. A fee of £870,000 is supposedly enough to land the Portuguese at West Yorkshire.
Venancio began his career at the age of 9 with Vitoria Setubal. Since then, it’s all been Vitoria Setubal, except for a short stint at Benfica, in his youth days. Since his debut in 2012, he has made 135 appearances for his boyhood club. In those matches, he also chipped in with eight goals.
For the Owls, he featured in 23 games and signed off the season beautifully with a goal to his name on the final day. The 25-year-old has also won two caps for the Portugal U-21s.
A calm and collected centre-back, Venancio can play the ball out of the back with utmost ease. Standing strong at 6’1′, he is dangerous if the ball’s up in the air, in both offensive and defensive thirds. He is sharp, alert and decisive. Illustrating traditional abilities alongside his modern approach to the game while on the ball, he is capable of the cleanest of tackles. Ending the season on a high, Venancio has shown that he is a consistent performer, someone who looks to be on the rise.
Amidst all the chaos in the defensive department of Leeds United, Frederico Venancio would be a welcome signing, especially with this unchallenged price tag. In addition to all the above plus points, his maturity would develop youngsters such as Connor Shaughnessy and Paudie O’Connor.