This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Leeds United were apparently supposed to be having a quiet January transfer window, but reports continue to emerge that they’re interested in signing some reinforcements once 2020 rolls around.
Football Insider are reporting that Leeds are very interested in signing Andy Rinomhota from Reading once the January transfer window opens.
The site claim that Victor Orta and his team are keeping close tabs on the midfielder and they have added him to their list of transfer targets.
Whether or not that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but if he did sign it would solve one potential problem that Leeds struggled with in one of their recent games,
Leeds may have won their last seven league games, but that doesn’t mean that they’ve all been comfortable victories.
The Whites have been under pressure in a few of their games, but it’s fair to say that Marcelo Bielsa’s side were most endangered by Huddersfield Town in recent weeks, and that’s partially down to the fact that Kalvin Phillips didn’t play in that game.
Phillips’ suspension meant that Leeds simply didn’t play with a holding midfielder in that game, despite Bielsa saying Ben White would step into that role, he clearly wasn’t comfortable with playing him there as he opted to keep him in the defence. However, Rinomhota could ensure that doesn’t happen again.
If the 22-year-old joined the club it would be a massive boost as if Phillips is ever unavailable again in the future United would be able to line-up in a similar shape as the youngster’s natural position is as a holding midfielder.
He currently makes 2.1 tackles per game, whereas Leeds’ current man in front of the back four registers a colossal 3.6. There is quite a difference between the two but at least they’d have another body capable of playing in Phillips’ position.