Leeds United should have made a move for Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara in the summer transfer window amid Carlton Palmer’s recent verdict.
TEAMtalk claimed over the summer that along with the Whites, the likes of fellow Premier League sides Newcastle, West Ham and Wolves were all monitoring developments ahead of a possible move.
A deal however failed to materialise before the end of the deadline, and now Palmer has delivered his verdict on Kamara and the transfer speculation surrounding him.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, he said: “It’s a difficult one as a player, isn’t it? It’s where you think you’re going to play the most football.
“Leeds have a settled side at the moment. I think he (Marcelo Bielsa) has his 1-11 that he relies on, that he knows he’s going to pick week in, week out, so it’s a difficult one. Do you go there, sit on the bench and wait for your opportunity, or do you go to a club and play?”
Given that Leeds’ interest in Kamara first surfaced way back in October amid suggestions that a move could be made in the January transfer window, a swoop for the Finland international this summer would have been very similar to their long-running pursuit of Dan James.
The 25-year-old ace was a key part of Steven Gerrard’s side last season as they finally won back the Scottish Premiership title from Celtic, while he was also involved in the Gers’ impressive run in the Europa League.
His former manager at Dundee, Neil McCann, said: “He looks small but he’s strong and he’s a playmaker. When Rangers signed Glen, I sat there thinking he would smash it. Glen will end up back in the English Premier League. I’ve no doubts about that.
“He isn’t a big, physical lad but he’s made of iron and really strong. I knew immediately that he could handle the ball under pressure and not give it away, so he was perfect. He’s a special talent. He’s lightning-quick but he doesn’t show it. He’s a player who takes instruction well.”
It’s why Leeds have potentially risked Bielsa’s wrath by not only not signing the 34-cap international, but also failing to bring in a new central midfielder completely, and leaving them very vulnerable once again in the middle of the park to any key injuries or suspensions.