Leeds United very rarely spend in the January transfer window and after last season’s debacle, why would they?
Victor Orta agreed a deal to bring French forward Jean-Kevin Augustin to the club on loan from RB Leipzig. An agreement was reached that if Leeds went up, they’d have an obligation to buy the striker.
Lo and behold, the Whites were promoted and then didn’t cough up the money that was agreed. Leipzig and Leeds are now locked in a legal battle all while Augustin plays his football for Nantes in France.
Orta is no stranger to tying up deals like this and there is a similar one in place for Jack Harrison. Now embarking on his third loan spell at Elland Road, Leeds will have to pay around the £10m mark to Manchester City in order to make it permanent.
Harrison, however, has been rather inconsistent since playing in the Premier League, something that rather sums up his entire Leeds career. In some moments, he looks like an attacking genius but in others, he is left wanting. That being said, he still has four assists this season.
That record amounts to nothing compared to one of their latest targets, though. Reporting earlier this week, 90min revealed that Leeds were one of a few sides interested in securing the signature of Celtic winger Ryan Christie.
Now, if they do indeed swoop for the Scot they can forget all about Harrison. Christie is one of the most dangerous players in Scottish football and has racked up some phenomenal numbers at Parkhead, most recently scoring a wonderful curling effort from 29 yards out in the Scottish Cup final.
He cut inside and unleashed a splendid shot that typified the type of player he is. Cutting inside is his forte and the 25-year-old has made a living from it in the SPFL.
Christie’s numbers are extraordinary and over the past two campaigns, he’s produced a combined haul of 50 goals and assists. Last season, the Scotland international found the net 20 times and assisted a further 16 strikes. This term, meanwhile, he’s got ten assists and four goals to his name.
Of course, the Premier League is a class above but Christie has shown what he’s capable of on the international stage too. Possessing what Chris Sutton described as a “ferocious work rate,” the attacker has scored against the likes of Czech Republic and Serbia.
Sutton added: “We all know he can produce moments of magic. Christie is a manager’s dream.”
A player who can combine quality in the final third with an impressive work rate would surely thrive under Bielsa. After all, it’s two of the biggest qualities he looks for in a player. Harrison knows that too well.