Leeds United missed out in the loan market in January when Huddersfield winger Rajiv van la Parra chose to move to Middlesbrough, rather than join the Bielsa revolution at Elland Road, as per an interview he had with ELF Voetbal.
Speaking to ELF Voetbal (quotes sourced from the Hartlepool Mail) Van La Parra said: “Middlesbrough’s (interest) was more concrete than Leeds. They did everything to get me in.
“I immediately got a good feeling. I also wanted to stay in England.”
The 27-year-old had struggled for regular football since arriving at Huddersfield in 2016 and chose a move to the Riverside in January, over Leeds because he felt that Boro’s offer was more concrete.
But with only three appearances at Boro so far, the majority from the bench, should the Dutchman have chosen a move to Elland Road instead?
“Granted, Boro are still challenging towards the top of the table but are showing little signs of going up.
“He will be regretting not going to Leeds and probably starting more matches than he is now.”
“In hindsight, it’s a bad decision.
“Van La Parra has hardly played for Boro this season, and with competition for places fierce, he’ll struggle to break into their starting XI.
“He could have been a regular starter in the Leeds team, and will regret snubbing them.”
“Not at all.
“What’s he done so far this season? Nothing.
“He could be playing for a top of the table side.
“Instead, he’s festering away at Boro.”
“Right call or not he chose Middlesbrough for one reason or another.
“Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but there were reasons to why he turned down Leeds.
“It was his decision and he has to deal with the choice he made.”