An update has emerged on Leeds target Josh Doig, with Jack Ross commenting on his future.
Hibernian manager Jack Ross has confirmed that Leeds target Josh Doig is closing in on an exit from the Scottish Premiership club this week. He explained that the left-back was left out of his matchday squad at the weekend as there is strong interest in him from other clubs.
Victor Orta must sanction a deal for Doig if there is still time for the club to swoop in and hijack any transfer for the defender, assuming Leeds are not the mystery club referenced in Ross’ admission, with the Evening News reporting that it is Burnley and Watford who are pushing hard to get a deal done.
Junior Firpo joined from Barcelona earlier this summer, but there is still a spot to fill behind him in the pecking order.
It would be fantastic in terms of competition within the squad for the Whites to have two talented left-backs competing for a place in the side. Firpo could start the season as the first-choice, with Doig potentially willing to bide his time for a chance as he only recently turned 19.
He still has the majority of his career ahead of him and spending a year learning from a former Barcelona full-back whilst training with Marcelo Bielsa could do him the world of good. The teenager has the attributes the Argentine coach wants from his players, which is why he could be a perfect addition.
Former Premier League defender Alan Hutton said earlier this year that Doig has a great engine and is aggressive in his play. He told Football Insider:
“He’s only 18 but he’s got a great engine, can get up and down, got a great left foot, aggressive. He is definitely one for the future.
“Whether he’s ready to step up to the Premier League right now? I also saw Leicester were supposedly looking at him.
“I think he’s a target teams would be looking at for the future. Get him down, integrated with the squad and build on what he already has.
“It’s no risk. There’s not much of a risk. You can definitely tell he’s a talented player. He’s got all the attributes to be a left-back or a wing-back. He is one that you’re hoping does well.”
Bielsa wants players who can cover the ground and work hard for the team throughout the 90 minutes with his pressing style of play.
This means that players who have a great engine and are aggressive, like Doig, are perfect for him. Therefore, Leeds must act to bring in the youngster before the end of the window and beat off interest from any other sides.