According to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay on Twitter, Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is looking for an attacking midfielder to provide competition for Samu Saiz, and he must make a move for Everton’s Kieran Dowell.
they aren’t going to sign another CB. Bielsa doesn’t want one. They’re chasing one before the deadline – midfielder to cover Saiz.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 27, 2018
Well, it appears that Bielsa is ready to wrap up his summer business by signing an attacker who can play through the middle but can also potentially feature out wide too, in order to push the likes of Saiz, Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez in forward areas.
The Yorkshire outfit are looking good to be well involved in the Championship promotion race given their impressive start to the league campaign, but they do still look to be short in certain areas despite a busy summer in the transfer market.
Meanwhile, Dowell spend the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Nottingham Forest and impressed, and while he played the full 90 minutes of his team’s 3-1 Carabao Cup win against Rotherham United on Wednesday night, he has only made the substitutes’ bench once on three occasions in the Premier League this term – against Bournemouth last weekend.
While the 20-year-old likes to play through the centre and that is mainly where he featured when he scored 10 goals and provided a further five assists in 43 appearances in all competitions for Forest last season, he is also comfortable out wide.
It seems likely that his opportunities will be limited at Goodison Park over the rest of the course of 2018, and both he and the club may favour a loan move before the deadline on Friday in order for him to continue his development.
There is no doubt that the impressive youngster would bring a lot to the Yorkshire club, and he would fit in well to the style of play that Bielsa is already successfully implementing.