Former Leeds United player David Norris believes manager Marcelo Bielsa is going to want to bring in some back-up for his midfield this summer.
With Bielsa targeting both a central-midfielder and a winger this summer, the Whites have been linked with a move for Huddersfield Town’s Lewis O’Brien, with the Terriers wanting £10m for their player according to The Sun.
Whilst the club have plenty of talent in the centre of the pitch, with the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich amongst their ranks, Norris believes that Bielsa will look to add some strength in depth to his midfield this summer.
“I think because when Kalvin Phillips doesn’t play there’s a massive hole. I think it showed last season in the games he didn’t play they weren’t as effective, another thing if he gets injured, he’s going to want a bit more in-depth back-up in the squad.
“I think it’s just one of them as well with Leeds, they let their forward players go and do their thing, so that midfield is massively important, if not slightly underrated with the job that it does, allowing the others to do their job. So, I think he just wants a little bit more depth in case anything happens to the one or two players that are in there that can do a really good job.”
Leeds have been active in the transfer market with four new players arriving at Elland Road this summer – Jack Harrison made his move from Manchester City permanent after having loan spells with Leeds previously, Junior Firpo joined from Barcelona, youngster Lewis Bate came in from Chelsea and goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson arrived from Valerenga.
Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping the squad that he has assembled for the upcoming season will help Leeds improve on last season’s impressive ninth-place Premier League finish.