Leeds should look to bring back Liverpool ace James Milner this summer amid Dean Windass’ transfer claim.
The veteran midfielder has only been a bit-part player for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season in the Premier League, with his 22 appearances in the competition only amounting to 923 minutes of football.
And now, Windass has raised the prospect of Milner potentially leaving Anfield this summer and going back to join Marcelo Bielsa’s side at Elland Road.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, he said: “Being a local lad, would he go back to Leeds? Yes. To end his career. But does he want to go back as a squad player, because that’s what he’d be. Bielsa would he go, ‘come in, but you’re not going to play week in week out, but I need you in the changing room’.
“Does James want to continue playing for another two seasons? If so, it won’t be at Leeds United. He’d get into any Premier League team outside the top-four because of his experience.
“I’ve known him for a long time, he’s teetotal the lad. You can tell by the way he’s lived his life and looked after himself. He might want to go back home to Yorkshire and enjoy his life, but he might want to go and play for another two seasons.”
While at 35, Milner is hardly in the peak years of his career, his versatility and work ethic surely makes him an absolute dream for a manager like Bielsa.
For a Leeds coach who has tried to instill a team-first approach at Elland Road, the Liverpool star fits that bill to a tee, as someone who never complains and simply puts the effort in wherever he’s asked to play.
Former Whites full-back Danny Mills who played with Milner in his early years at the club, said: “He’ll play anywhere. He’s good enough to play almost anywhere and whatever his opinion, he applies himself with total dedication. Ask him to do something a little bit leftfield and he’ll do it with vigour.”
Dubbed “exceptional” by Klopp, the Liverpool boss is just one of the many people who have lauded Milner’s sheer professionalism, saying: “He’s the perfect professional. I have been very lucky to surround myself with great professionals through my career, but Milly is 100 per cent in the top five.”
This season alone has seen Milner feature in both full-back positions as well as in central midfield, while, of course, he made a name for himself as a winger too, and his ability to still keep himself fit at his age has seen Virgil van Dijk dub him a “machine“.
Moving for a locker room leader like the 61-cap ace would give Bielsa another commanding voice in the dressing room, as well as someone who’s perfect for his way and style of working on the pitch.