Discussion over who could potentially replace Samu Saiz at Leeds United has been a hot topic at Elland Road ever since the Spanish playmaker suddenly left for Getafe.
Tyler Roberts has been a revelation in a number ten role since the turn of the year, but a glaring lack of depth in attacking midfield has left Marcelo Bielsa short of options beyond the 20-year-old.
However, according to a recent report from Football Insider, Leeds have identified Wigan Athletic’s Nick Powell, whose contract is due to expire in the summer, as a potential replacement for Saiz, although a number of Championship and top-flight clubs are also interested in luring him away from the DW Stadium.
With this report in mind, Football FanCast writers have been debating whether Leeds should sign Powell in the summer, and not everybody at FFC towers is completely convinced by Wigan’s gem…
“No. Quite simply Powell is not the calibre of playing Leeds should be pursuing if they want any hope of staying in the Premier League, assuming they get there that is. He has never scored more than 7 goals in a Championship season and has completed a woeful 64.9% of his passes this season, the complete opposite of what Marcelo Bielsa expects from his players. Aim higher.”
“Nick Powell is a very good player, but is yet to show that he can do it in the Premier League. If Leeds end up failing in their push for promotion, Powell would be a brilliant signing for Bielsa and a capable replacement for Samu Saiz. However, if they do end up jumping into the top-flight Bielsa may need to target a player of better quality than Powell.”
“Only if they stay in the Championship. Powell has proven that he can be effective at this level and he could be a big part of the Leeds team that would once again be aiming for promotion next season. However, should the Yorkshire outfit secure promotion, Bielsa must aim higher because the Whites will be able to attract a much higher calibre of player to Elland Road with the Premier League wages they will be able to offer.”
“No. Regardless of whether Leeds win promotion or not, we’ve seen Powell struggle at numerous clubs and it is doubtful he’d take to Bielsa and his high intensity style. Let him stay where he is and aim higher this summer.”