Speaking to Football Insider, Danny Mills has urged Leeds to fund a loan for Harry Wilson by selling Jack Clarke this summer.
Wilson was of course incredible for Derby last term, and he would undoubtedly improve the United squad, but is that a deal worth doing?
The former England international urged his former club to do whatever it takes to get Wilson in for next season.
“Leeds were third in the league, they were not far off automatic promotion,” Mills told Football Insider. “They can go one step further by spending £10million and bringing three quality players in.
“They have to spend money, unless they have someone from the academy who is a creative midfielder who can score 15 goals next season, or a striker who can score 25.
“If there is no money to spend, they could sell Jack Clarke for £12m and use the proceeds to bring in Harry Wilson on loan and a couple of others.
“They could get Wilson for £4m for the season if Liverpool don’t want to sell him, and he is someone proven in the Championship who will get you goals, take brilliant set pieces and create chances.”
Selling Clarke to loan Wilson is inevitably something of a gamble, but it’s one that could pay off handsomely.
The attacking midfielder was incredible for Derby in 2018/19, and he almost helped them get promoted to the Premier League.
Leeds finished third last season, and the feeling is that they were only one or two players away from automatic promotion. The addition of Wilson could be what makes all the difference – instantly adding goals and assists to the side.
Of course, the sacrifice is selling the hugely promising Clarke. Who knows what levels his talents will reach in the coming years? But that question works both ways; there is no guarantee he’ll ascend to the heights heralded of him and he could become one of countless youngsters who struggles under the weight of a big price-tag.
With that in mind, perhaps the level of risk in the gamble is a lot smaller than some Leeds fans might think. And if selling Clarke allows Leeds to firstly bring in an attacking midfielder proven to be at the top end of the Championship in terms of quality, but secondly leave plenty of change to make further additions to a squad that was stretched to the limit last season, Mills’ suggestion could prove to be a very wise move indeed.