If Leeds conclude any transfer business this month it would be somewhat surprising.
After the sagas surrounding both Daniel James and Jean-Kevin Augustin in recent years, it’s a feared time for both Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean they shouldn’t get the cheque book out.
Adding bodies in that part of the pitch is clearly a priority if you believe reports. The Whites, of course, failed to sign Michael Cuisance in the summer after he failed a medical so perhaps Orta is looking for cover in that third of the pitch once again.
One target that’s emerged on the Whites’ radar is one of the stars of the Championship; Michael Olise.
Unfortunately, they face competition with Crystal Palace now said to be leading the race to sign him this year.
This would be an exceptional piece of business from Orta if he can pull it off. To sign one of the most impressive young talents in the Championship for just £8m would be an almighty coup and he simply needs to get it done.
Draxler might be the more eye-catching transfer in January but considering his wages of £119k-a-week, he’d set the club back significantly.
Thus, Olise offers a cut-price option and someone that can allow them to build for the future. With Pablo Hernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the campaign, the Leeds target has the chance to be his perfect successor. His football brain is immense and he has the ability to pick passes that very few players at Championship level can achieve.
Speaking to The Athletic about the 19-year-old, former Reading manager Jose Gomes said: “Michael is really special. He can see, even before receiving the ball, more options than regular players. His technical ability and speed, decision capacity is really, really good.”
He is a lot younger than Hernandez but the ability to make quick decisions on the field is something that’s made the Leeds playmaker such a standout individual.
Olise is as dynamic as they come and would be perfect for Leeds’ high tempo style of football. Orta must sign him.