An update has emerged regarding Leeds’ chances of landing Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien.
According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon on Twitter, it “shouldn’t be difficult” for the Whites to clinch a deal for the 22-year-old.
He followed that up by stating that the Championship club would like £10m for the enforcer and are standing firm on their valuation.
Marcelo Bielsa will be buzzing following this update as it bodes well for the club’s chances of being able to land the midfielder. It seems to suggest that Victor Orta can get a deal over the line for O’Brien as soon as he decides that he is ready to pull the trigger, which will delight the manager as he could be a brilliant addition to the squad.
The 22-year-old averaged a solid WhoScored rating of 6.88 in the Championship last season as he averaged three tackles and interceptions per game. This shows that he was able to stand out with the Terriers, winning the ball back at an impressive rate in midfield.
Huddersfield writer Steven Chicken highlighted O’Brien’s ability to cover every blade of grass as his biggest strength due to his ability to get up and down the pitch.
He said: “Former Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley often praised O’Brien as being ‘like having two players’, with the midfielder receiving particular praise from his manager and fans alike for his ability and willingness to rush back and win the ball with a clean sliding tackle whenever his side were caught on the counter-attack.
“He certainly has the potential to be (a Premier League player), if he’s not already. His fitness is incredible and he just never seems to get tired, which is one of the biggest difficulties Championship players have when stepping up to the Premier League.
“He’s never going to be a big glamorous name in the Premier League, but he is the kind of wholehearted, committed player that managers love because they do so much of the hard work that helps other players to shine.”
This could make him the perfect addition to Leeds’ squad as Bielsa needs players who are able to run for 90 minutes in order to fulfil his intense demands. To employ the pressing, high-octane style of play the Argentine wants, he has relied upon outstanding athletes in his midfield to carry out the work he craves, and these comments on O’Brien suggest that he would slot into Bielsa’s side without a problem.
The Whites manager must be buzzing with this update from Nixon and he could now be hoping that Orta starts getting serious about a move for the 22-year-old. With a month left to go in the transfer window, time is ticking for Leeds to finish their business…