Leeds United have emerged as one of the clubs interested in the services of Marcus Tavernier. According to TEAMtalk this week, the Whites have been listed alongside Everton, Leicester and Wolves as parties circling a potential move for the Middlesbrough star.
Tavernier has attracted a lot of attention thanks to his convincing performances on the wing. But his immense versatility is another very intriguing factor which has got potential buyers on the end of Boro’s rod.
As highlighted by Transfermarkt, the 21-year-old makes easy work of adapting to new positions across the pitch. Despite being a left midfielder by trade, Tavernier is comfortable playing on the opposite flank as well as in central midfield and further forward in both the engine room and on the wing.
This will make him a vital asset to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds side, who are seriously lacking creativity in other positions. Patrick Bamford is the team’s highest scorer so far this season with 10 goals – next behind him is Mateusz Klich with a huge drop down to three, according to BBC Sport.
Adding a young, quick and creative wide man to their roster will really give Leeds a boost in attack. It will also alleviate pressure from Bamford, who is the main source of the team’s goals.
As it stands, the Whites have just one recognised left-winger/midfielder on their senior roster. Jack Harrison is the only man who can comfortably fill that role and he is currently only at the club on loan.
Leeds have an option to buy but it remains to be seen whether the Manchester City ace will return to the Etihad in the summer or move to Elland Road permanently – the former would leave Bielsa with very few cards to play on the left.
Tavernier, who is currently on a £4,900 per week deal with Boro, would be a very tactical bit of business. Not only would he fill a gaping hole in the Leeds squad, but his eagerness to develop will be a welcome gift to the newly promoted Whites.
According to Transfermarkt, he is on six goal contributions for the season so far, just one less than Harrison. Playing with a clinical goal poacher like Bamford would massively up his numbers and indeed, Leeds’ threat as a Premier League side once more.