Leeds United transfer target Harrison Reed could solve a major problem for Marcelo Bielsa amid David Norris’ transfer claim.
Reports in recent days and weeks have linked them with a move for Cagliari dynamo Nahitan Nandez, before The Daily Mail claimed that that the Whites tracked Fulham’s Reed last season with a view to a summer swoop.
It was suggested that with the Cottagers’ relegation from the Premier League, Leeds see the midfielder as an “excellent addition”, and now Norris has thrown his backing behind a potential move.
Speaking exclusively to This is Futbol, the former Leeds man said: “The key things with the players that Leeds want to bring in is that they have to suit their high tempo style of play and the manager has to trust them.
“Looking at Reed from the outside looking in, he fits the bill, is busy, looks like he can graft, he is a team player and he’s got a bit of quality as well.”
As per Sofascore, Reed won four duels per game in the Premier League last season, as well as making an impressive two tackles and 1.6 interceptions per match while also winning back possession 0.6 times.
To put that into context, Chelsea star and recent Champions League winner N’Golo Kante averaged 3.7 duels won and made 2.6 tackles and two interceptions per game. He also won back possession just as often as Reed at 0.6 times per match.
It’s no surprise that the 26-year-old’s former boss Tony Mowbray has waxed lyrical about the kind of engine Reed possesses, and also the kind of attitude he has – all shades of Chelsea’s midfield dynamo.
The Blackburn manager said: “Immense! He’s been fantastic playing in a wide position, working like a trojan, running forward, blocking off the wide play, helping his full-back, in to out, in to out, and yet playing centre-mid today, it shows you where his true position really is on the pitch.
“He’s a fantastic player, but beyond his playing ability, his personality fits in amazingly well with our group.”
One of the big issues last season was having someone who could fill Kalvin Phillips’ shoes when he was missing from action, with the Whites actually winning just twice in the nine Premier League games that he was unavailable for.
In the tough-tackling Reed, Leeds could have someone who would be more than capable of stepping into the breach when required to be the anchorman in front of the back-four, and given his tigerish work-rate and personality, seems a perfect fit for Bielsa’s demands.