Leeds United’s transfer business may not be over yet.
Indeed, the Whites still seem to be in the market for a new attacking midfielder with links to Louie Sibley making headlines this week.
However, we can’t quite understand why Leeds are in the market for Sibley.
There’s no doubting that he’s an exciting talent, after all he burst onto the scene at Derby with five goals in 11 games last season. But is he any better than what Leeds already have?
Tyler Roberts is already making a mark in that position, appearing in every single one of Leeds’ Premier League games so far, and while it could be argued that Sibley has a higher ceiling being two years younger, he hasn’t proven himself over a long period of time.
How many players burst onto the scene and ride the crest of a wave while their confidence is flying high only to flop later down the line? Leeds have seen this themselves only recently with Jack Clarke’s form taking a nosedive after his £10m move to Tottenham last year, with the winger failing to break into the QPR team during an ill-fated loan spell. With Sibley only having 14 senior league appearances to his name, bringing him in would be a gamble.
Roberts on the other hand, has been producing the goods for a number of years at this point, and now he even has a few Premier League appearances under his belt, and it’s fair to say that he hasn’t looked out of place in the top-flight so far, with Bielsa impressed enough to give him a run out in every single league match this season.
The manager is seemingly a big fan of Roberts as well, speaking about him after the Whites’ win against Sheffield United saying:
“I think as the season goes on he will be able to show the undoubted qualities he has.”
Those quotes certainly make it seem as though the Welshman is a part of Bielsa’s plans this season, so it doesn’t seem like Sibley would be a necessary signing.
United would be better off developing the players already at the club rather than splashing out on an unproven youngster.