Leeds’ Bielsa looking at Ponce again

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Leeds United made a check on Argentine striker Ezequiel Ponce on Saturday as he played on loan for AEK in the Athens derby.

Leeds United made a check on Argentine striker Ezequiel Ponce on Saturday as he played on loan for AEK in the Athens derby.

Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa knows all about the 21-year-old, having signed him previously for Lille.

Ponce was regarded as Argentine football’s big hope early in his career at Newell’s Old Boys and was even labelled as the ‘next Batistuta’ as the likes of Tottenham showed an interest.

Roma snapped him up but a serious knee injury knocked his progress back before the loan moves to Lille and then AEK.

Ponce spoke highly of Bielsa when he signed for Lille in 2017, telling Get Football France: ‘I am also delighted to be part of the team of Marcelo Bielsa who coached in the past with Newell’s, my previous club. He is a coach who has already proved that he knows how to evolve young people like me.’

Ponce has scored five goals in eight games for AEK this season but was unable to break the deadlock in the derby, which finished 0-0.

Rangers, Udinese, Fiorentina and Borussia Dortmund also sent scouts to the game.

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