Fresh off the back of a 5-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford in the club’s 2021/22 Premier League opener, Leeds United are heavily tipped to re-enter the transfer market.
It has been somewhat of a cautious summer this time around for the club, after spending in excess of £100 million 12 months ago upon their Premier League return; a splurge led them to a ninth-place finish in the English top flight.
More of the same has been expected in this edition of the transfer window; however, the side have only brought in two major first-team signings; Jack Harrison from Manchester City for £11 million – following three seasons on loan, while left-back Junior Firpo from Barcelona for £13 million was seen as a major coup. Goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson also joined from Valeranga for £2 million to provide cover for first-choice custodian Illan Meslier.
The club’s recruitment at the U23 level has again been impressive, with another £10 million being cleverly invested in some of the most promising youngsters. However, fans would like to see strengthened a couple of areas, with Manchester United particularly exploiting these on the opening day.
In particular, another body in midfield in the shape of a robust, all-action player, who could also provide cover for Euro 2020 England star Kalvin Phillips. As a result, they have been linked to a number of names for the last few weeks, though the latest is Huddersfield Town’s Lewis O’Brien, who have reportedly turned down two bids from Leeds already.
Crystal Palace were understood to be vying for the player’s signature, however, it is believed that the player would prefer to stay in West Yorkshire and move to Leeds. As a result, the club is being anticipated to return with a bid for £7 million, in the hope that it will be accepted.
Would O’Brien make a difference?
Fans could not be blamed for thinking that this is not the most exciting signing, however, there is no doubt that the player has several qualities that can add something. What is likely to have impressed Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is the player’s energy and stamina, while he is also tenacious in the tackle and can identify a passing opportunity.
He played 42 Championship games last season, registering three assists and goals apiece, being a standout player in a side that struggled. What will be of particular interest to Leeds is that he will have benefited from a season of training under Bielsa’s former number two, Carlos Corberan who made the short switch to the Terriers last summer.
Not the most glamorous of signings, for £7 million he could prove to be a savvy investment, with the club seemingly keen to avoid spending heavily if they can.
It is thought that Leeds will most likely add two more players to their squad this summer, with a versatile attacking player understood to be on their radar; prolific Club Brugge forward Noa Lang believed to be the most likely, with the player supposedly rated at the £20 million mark by his employers.
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