Fulham have been handed a huge boost to their hopes of keeping Harrison Reed at Craven Cottage this summer.
That’s according to a report by the Yorkshire Evening Post, who claim that, despite the 26-year-old being heavily linked with Leeds United in recent weeks, the central midfielder is not currently on Victor Orta’s list of summer targets.
Indeed, a report by the Daily Mail earlier this month had claimed Marcelo Bielsa’s side, along with a host of other Premier League clubs, were monitoring the Fulham star ahead of a potential move this summer, however, this does not appear to be the case – regarding Leeds, at least.
Having highly impressed during his two seasons with Scott Parker’s side thus far, the news that Reed does not look likely to be targeted by Leeds United this summer is sure to have left fans Fulham buzzing.
Indeed, in his first season at the club back in 2019/20, the £9m-rated defensively minded midfielder registered one assist and created one big chance for his teammates over 25 Championship appearances, as well as making an average of 1.4 interceptions, 1.9 tackles and winning 4.5 duels per game.
These metrics saw the £31k-per-week man earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.81, ranking him as the Cottagers’ joint 16th-best performer in the second tier, playing a huge role in the club’s promotion to the Premier League that season.
Upon this promotion, the former England U20 international once again impressed for Parker’s side, registering two assists and creating two big chances for his teammates over 31 Premier League appearances, in addition to making an average of 1.6 interceptions, two tackles and winning four duels per match.
These returns saw the 26-year-old earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.90, ranking him as the club’s 11th-best performer in the top flight of English football, although Reed did not manage to save his side from relegation back to the Championship.
As such, if Fulham were to lose the man who has been dubbed an “immense” player by his former teammate Shane Long, it would undoubtedly reduce the chances of the Cottagers going on to secure an immediate return to the top flight of English football next season.
As the former Southampton gem has proven in his two years in west London that he is now very much an essential part of the Fulham midfield.