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Who Is Leeds New Signing Marc Roca?

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Leeds United have completed the signing of Spanish midfielder Marc Roca from Bayern Munich.

The player will join Leeds for a fee of around £10 million becoming the club’s third signing of the summer.

Leeds are clearly intent on getting their summer business completed early having already completed the singings of Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen from Red Bull Salzburg.

The player joins Jesse Marsch’s Leeds team on a four-year deal.

Who Is Marc Roca?

Marc Roca is a former highly rated Spanish central midfielder that has spent the last few seasons attempting to break into the Bayern Munich starting eleven.

Unfortunately for the creative midfielder it just didn’t ever look like working out at the German giants. The player only managed to play 24 times for Bayen over two seasons starting in just 7 of those games and understandable has chosen to move on from the club.

In fairness to Roca, he was always going to have trouble ousting some of the best midfield talents in the world from the side in Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.

Prior to this Marc Roca was an outstanding young player and impressed for two seasons in La Liga with Espanyol.

Roca is primarily a defensive-minded midfielder that likes to be the first player to receive the ball from the centre backs when building up from the back.

The player has good vision and passing which allows him to break the opposition’s line by moving the ball cleverly to more creative players.

From a statistical point of view, Roca has not played enough football at Bayern to truly show his profile. It is more helpful to look at how he performed at Espanyol as these were performances that earned the player his big move.

In his last season at Espanyol Roca was the shining light of an otherwise terrible season that saw the club relegated.

During that season Roca was a tenacious midfielder that pressed opponents hard and regularly put tackles in.

The former Spanish under-21 international recorded 21.15 presses and 3.86 tackles per 90 minutes played. For comparison, West Ham midfielder Pablo Fornals is one of the more successful pressers in the Premier League with 21.14 presses per 90.

So if Roca can find this form he will at the very least be praised for his hard work. This is still significantly less though than new teammate Kalvin Philips that presses 28.5 times per 90.

Roca though will hope to compensate through this the number of tackles he puts in. His 3.86 would be among the best in the league if he could replicate it next season.

How Does Roca Fit At Leeds?

Leeds were desperately short of players at times last season and they will benefit greatly from having a player like Roca in the squad.

As an aggressive defensive midfielder with a good range of passing Roca will provide cover and support for star player Kalvin Philips.

There is also a significant chance that Kalvin Philips will leave Leeds this season with Manchester City Reported in the player. On top of that Kalvin Philips like many other Leeds, players missed large parts of last season with an injury.

The injury crisis at clubs doesn’t always end when the season ends and with so many of the current Leeds squad struggling for injuries, Roca will definitely feel that he will be given the opportunity to impress new manager Jesse Marsch.

Roca was once considered a midfielder with a very high ceiling and if Leeds can get the player back to his best then his £10 million price tag is an excellent piece of business.


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Az Lynch has been writing about football since he joined Overtime Heroics in 2021. He is a graduate of both Dundee and Abertay Universities in Scotland. His content is focused on the English Premier League. You can follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/AzLynchy