According to Football Insider, Leeds United are looking to loan Brandon Barker from Manchester City this summer.
It has been heavily speculated that the Whites will have to focus on signing Premier League loan players again this summer, but Barker surely isn’t the calibre of player Leeds need if they are to get promoted.
You have to wonder what Leeds see in Barker to make them believe he is the man to aid them in their quest to get back into the Premier League.
He played just 521 minutes for Preston on loan last season, and that should ring alarm bells in many fans’ heads.
This deal looks like Leeds are set to make the same mistakes they made last summer by signing loan players who aren’t up to scratch.
Marcelo Bielsa may have a reputation for getting the best out of young footballers, but when Leeds aren’t going to reap the rewards in the long term is there any point?
Barker would join the squad as an inexperienced player who has never truly impressed at this level, and Leeds may be better off going for someone who has flourished in the Championship.
Callum O’Dowda is a name that has been linked recently by The Mirror’s live transfer blog (May 20, 11:25pm), and he would be a much better option than Barker at this point.
Leeds aren’t in a position where they can afford to waste any time on players who may join the team and immediately prove that they’re not good enough, and Barker’s recent loan spell suggests that he is no more than a squad-filler at Championship level.
If the Whites instead went for O’Dowda they would know that they’re getting a fantastic player at this level rather than taking a gamble on another Premier League youngster that may not pan out.