Leeds United are seemingly still in the market for one more player.
Indeed, the Whites look like they’re after a new attacking midfielder and one man who is reportedly on their radar is Derby County’s Louie Sibley.
The attacking midfielder is certainly a player who may have a bright future, he burst onto the scene last year with the Rams, netting five goals in 13 Championship games last term, with two assists making his numbers look incredibly impressive.
His manager gave him a glowing review after he played against Manchester United saying: “He’s a great character — he has a good mentality, he has the desire to win, to play, to find his positioning between the lines. He’s not scared of anybody. It was a pleasure to see him play.”
However, he may not be all he’s cracked up to be.
Three of his five goals last season came in a hat-trick against Millwall, and while everyone was raving over this teenage sensation’s performance, Gary Rowett was less than impressed describing two of his goals as “very poor” and “soft”, so an argument can be made that the stats paint him to be a better player than he is.
His underlying stats from this season so far hint that he could be something of a flash in the pan. His shots per game metric is down to 0.3 compared to 1.8 last season, while he’s also been wasteful in possession, averaging two unsuccessful touches per game while providing nothing in terms of goals or assists.
Of course, it’s harsh to write off a 19-year-old like this, but we’ve seen it all before at Leeds where a player flourishes in the early stages of his career while confidence and momentum is high only to flop later down the line.
Sibley could well be another Clarke and Leeds don’t want to spend a hefty fee on a player who may not live up to the hype.