An update has emerged on Leeds United target Lewis O’Brien, regarding Huddersfield’s plan for him ahead of January.
The report states that the Terriers are struggling financially and Leeds could look to take advantage of that with a renewed swoop for the midfielder.
Leeds must ensure that they can get a £10m deal over the line for O’Brien in the January window as he could be a shrewd addition to the squad. Imagine a midfield of O’Brien and Kalvin Phillips for the Whites in the Premier League in the second half of the table… it could result in some fun battles in the middle of the park.
O’Brien has averaged 3.4 tackles and interceptions per game in the Championship for Huddersfield this season, whilst averaging a SofaScore rating of 6.86. Phillips, meanwhile, has also made 3.4 tackles and interceptions per game, but in the Premier League for Leeds – averaging a SofaScore rating of 6.76.
This suggests that the pair could form a defensively titanic pairing in midfield as they are both capable of winning the ball back for their side. Earlier this season, Terriers boss Carlos Corberan hailed the midfielder’s ability to stand up in training and in matches. He said:
“He’s an example of the players we have as a club. We want our academy players to have an impact on the first team.
“(Head of football operations) Leigh Bromby is very focused on the academy and we want to develop the young players because we know how important they are going to be for this club and to see how O’Brien works every single day, how he competes every time is very good.
“He can play well or he can play badly but it is very difficult to find a game where O’Brien doesn’t compete well. Sometimes how you play can depend on the opponent, the shape, the structure, your team-mates, but how you compete is down to you.”
At the age of 23, the Huddersfield man also has the potential to improve further. Bielsa could work with him on the training pitch and look to turn him into a top Premier League player over the course of the next few years, with Phillips on a similar path at the age of 25.