Leeds clearly have some work to do this month.
They lost to Tottenham in the Premier League but a week later, they embarrassingly tasted defeat at the hands of League Two Crawley. It’s just as well a transfer window is here.
It feels unlikely that Leeds will do any business this month but according to one report, they could be in the market for a rising star in the Championship.
According to TEAMtalk, they are one of a number of teams who are interested in Middlesbrough’s Marcus Tavernier.
The report suggests that Everton, Leicester and Wolves are all contemplating a swoop for the 21-year-old but Leeds are merely keeping tabs on the youngster at this stage.
It’s thought that Tavernier, who is on £8k-per-week at Boro, doesn’t want to leave the north-east behind this month and will only consider leaving if a formal bid arrives.
A number of teams have also reportedly enquired about the player’s availability.
Leeds are hardly strapped for options in wide areas. Raphinha and Jack Harrison have been Marcelo Bielsa’s primary options this term but the Argentine also has Pablo Hernandez, Rodrigo and Ian Poveda who can play in those areas.
However, if Tavernier arrives, it would be Helder Costa that should be in the biggest trouble.
The Portuguese has already been touted with walking through the exit door just months after arriving permanently but the fact of the matter is that he’s not been good enough.
Costa hasn’t found the net since September and put in a dismal showing against Crawley, failing to achieve anything in the final third. The winger failed with all four of his crosses into the box and somehow managed to look out of depth against weaker opposition.
In Tavernier, however, they’d have an ideal replacement. We already know that Bielsa likes versatile players and the Boro prodigy epitomises that.
He’s played on both wings this season, as well as behind the striker in a number 10 role and as a central midfielder. Throughout his career, he’s also featured at left-back and in a holding position. Though, it’s out wide where he seems most comfortable, scoring 15 times from the left flank.
This term, Tavernier has found the net three times, registering three assists and has proven to be a valuable asset for Neil Warnock’s side. For Tony Pulis that will come as no surprise. Although he stated the youngster needs to work on his consistency, he tipped the midfielder for the top when he was still at the Riverside.
Pulis once stated: “Some days he comes in and he’s brilliant, some days he’s a bit lackadaisical. He’s going to be a top player. He’ll eventually play in the Premier League.”
Indeed, his top-flight dream could become a reality in the immediate future. Considering his age, he’d be a top-drawer addition for the club.
That being said, Costa will be running for cover if he does walk through the door.