Leeds United’s top priority before deadline day has been revealed in an exciting update…
The Yorkshire outfit are in desperate need of additions this month and it seems likely they’ll get just that and in a key position too as according to Daily Mirror journalist David Anderson, they will target a midfielder rather than an attacker or defender.
“I’m being told it’s more central midfielder. They don’t need any more wingers. To be fair, defensively, they’re ok,” he told GIVEMESPORT when asked about the Whites’ plans before the transfer window shuts in under two weeks time.
And Leeds have already seen a £15m bid rejected for one of their targets in RB Salzburg star Brenden Aaronson, as per The Athletic.
Much of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad has been butchered by injuries this season, so perhaps it is surprising to not see them target multiple areas, though they haven’t signed a central midfielder in four years.
That arrival was Adam Forshaw from Middlesbrough back in January 2018, with the club paying just £4.5m for his signature. It seems astounding that they haven’t provided the Argentine with additions in the role since then.
Former Bayern Munich ace Michael Cuisance came close in summer 2020 but that move fell through due to complications that arose during his medical, whilst it’s thought that Bielsa was keen to sign Conor Gallagher prior to his temporary switch to league rivals Crystal Palace only six months ago.
What makes the need for a new midfielder even more necessary is the fact that England international Kalvin Phillips is out injured until March at the earliest.
That is a worrying prospect considering Bielsa only has Mateusz Klich and Forshaw available in the role, even if he can turn to utility players like Stuart Dallas and Jamie Shackleton but the bulk of their playing time has been at full-back, to cover for other injuries.
The 66-year-old head coach must be absolutely buzzing to learn that he may finally get his wish of a new midfielder, whether that is Aaronson or not remains to be seen but he is surely buzzing by Anderson’s latest claims.