Leeds director of football Victor Orta could be about to walk the club into another nightmare with reports surfacing about one of his mooted targets…
According to The Athletic’s Phil Hay, the Yorkshire giants still remain interested in Liverpool winger Harry Wilson with the Spaniard a big fan of his, although any potential deal isn’t close.
Whilst earlier this week, the Daily Mirror revealed that the Premier League champions weren’t going to sway from their £20m valuation amid interest from a whole host of top-flight teams, including the Whites.
They claim that Aston Villa are leading the charge despite only offering an initial £12m.
It’s been widely reported that Marcelo Bielsa wants another winger amongst his squad with their interest in Rangers’ Ryan Kent well known too, but a £20m swoop for Wilson reeks of being another Jean-Kevin Augustin-like blunder.
The 23-year-old was part of the Bournemouth side that were relegated last season and although he bagged seven goals, he averaged a poor 0.5 dribbles and 0.5 key passes per game, via WhoScored, which isn’t good enough for a winger.
A fair majority of those strikes came from set-pieces too, perhaps not a surprise given Jurgen Klopp’s praise, back in December he said: “Each free-kick is a proper threat. We were never in doubt about Harry’s shooting abilities, his skills in that part of the game are incredible – world-class, for sure.”
Bielsa’s first-choice starters are likely to be Jack Harrison and Helder Costa, so Wilson is by no means guaranteed an instant shot, so at a whopping £20m it would certainly be a waste.
The Argentine should instead look to call upon a talented youngster like Ian Poveda who we managed to see a glimpse of at the back end of last season.
Instead, Orta and co are playing with fire and would certainly start to look brash in their spending – ala Fulham and Villa in recent seasons.
AND in other news, United must win the race for “unbelievable” 20 y/o target…