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Leeds consider Barkley loan deal for January

With pressure mounting on Leeds United, who sit just above the Premier League relegation zone, the January transfer window has, perhaps, never been more important for the club.

Plagued by injuries this season – the downfall of having a paper thin squad, as well as a refusal to strengthen significantly in the summer has cost Leeds this term so far.

It has seen them being linked with a loan move for Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkely in the January transfer window.

Midfield is an area that many feel Leeds are substantially light in and it appears that technical director Victor Orta has identified Barkley as someone who can plug the gap in the short term.

Leeds consider Barkley loan deal for January

Would Barkley suit Leeds?

A fully fit Barkley does have the potential to be a top player on his day, though since his move to Chelsea from Everton, the player has flattered to deceive.

Despite featuring for Chelsea on a couple of occasions recently due to injuries, it is clear that he isn’t part of boss Thomas Tuchel’s plans long term.

Barkley was shipped out on loan to Aston Villa last season and struggled to make the kind of impact that he would have hoped for.

He does have a dynamic attacking edge to him, though there are question marks over his ability to get up and down the pitch. Whether he is able to keep up with the high demands of coach Marcelo Bielsa will be another area of concern.

However, star striker Patrick Bamford is due to return imminently and it may be intriguing to see whether some kind of partnership can be formed between the two.

With new signing Daniel James starting to show promise and Raphina being a key difference-maker when he plays, throwing Barkley into the mix may help  substantially, particularly in front of goal.

Barkley has shown prowess shooting from range, often being a specialist of the spectacular during his time with Everton, so he could add  different dimension for Leeds.


Top flight survival key to United’s progress

Although there are still plenty of games left in the season, it is vital that Leeds start to pick up points.

Having taken four points from their last three fixtures, the team are starting to display signs that they have turned a corner, looking a lot more like themselves recently.

Owner and chairman Andrea Radrizzani has a careful, strategic plan in place for the club and will be aware that relegation would be disastrous for the club.

January, therefore, is fundamental to making sure that this does not happen and the Italian may have to open his chequebook once more.