Journalist Ben Jacobs has revealed that the Whites are one of the clubs who have sent scouts to watch the USA international in action for the Old Lady.
He Tweeted: “Juventus are open to sale for the right price (£20m+). But Spurs (& Antonio Conte in particular) still undecided whether to move. McKennie’s form has been inconsistent. He does have huge potential and is particularly well-suited in a 3-5-2, which Conte has been using.”
The reporter added: “Several Premier League clubs have scouted McKennie, including Newcastle, Leeds, Everton and Arsenal. But none have advanced interest yet. He’s a player who could well move to England in January but right now there is nothing advanced from any potential Premier League suitors.”
Victor Orta could land an upgrade on Leeds’ Adam Forshaw by securing a deal to sign McKennie from Juventus in January, as the American gem has much more to offer in the middle of the park.
Last season, Forshaw played 22 times in the Premier League and averaged an unimpressive SofaScore rating of 6.73 – placing him 13th in the squad. This shows that he was far from being one of the top performers for the club in the division.
The underperforming midfielder has played three of the Whites’ top-flight matches so far this term and is averaging a dismal SofaScore rating of 6.53, which shows that he is not improving and, if anything, is getting worse.
This suggests that he has the talent to perform at a much higher level than Forshaw on a week-in-week-out basis, as he has proven his quality over the course of two-and-a-bit years in Italy.
He could also offer more at the top end of the pitch as he ranks in the 87th percentile among players in his position in Europe’s top five leagues over the past 365 days for non-penalty goals per 90 at 0.24, whilst the Leeds man has averaged 0.00 non-penalty goals per 90.
Talent scout Jacek Kulig previously described him as being “incredibly underrated” but his statistics suggest that the supporters at Elland Road would appreciate his performances more than Forshaw’s.
At the age of 24, he is also seven years younger than the current Leeds dud and that is another reason why he could be an upgrade on the former Middlesbrough man, as he has room to grow and develop as he gains more experience.