In Focus: Leeds United target Almen Abdi could stay with Sheffield Wednesday

According to reports on HITC Sport, Leeds United are lining up a surprise summer move for Sheffield Wednesday attacking midfielder Almen Abdi.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Swiss midfielder only joined the Owls from Watford last summer but he endured a disappointing campaign at Hillsborough, scoring one goal in 16 Championship appearances.

The 30-year-old missed the final few months of the campaign – including the two-legged play-off semi-final defeat to Huddersfield Town – as he underwent knee surgery, but he was in and out of the team before that.

While he may have struggled to make an impression with Wednesday, Abdi was an impressive performer for the Hornets previously and HITC Sport claim that Leeds are leading a number of English clubs and teams from abroad in the race to sign the midfielder, if he is made available for transfer this summer.

Whites boss Thomas Christiansen is keen to strengthen his squad in order to ensure that they build on their seventh-place finish last term and push for promotion next season.

Why did he fail to impress Carlos Carvalhal last season?

It’s difficult to say.

The 30-year-old just didn’t make the impact that he was perhaps expected to considering his previous form with Watford, and that was why he wasn’t a regular starter for the Owls as they aimed for promotion.

How did he do at Watford?

He certainly made more of an impression during his time at Vicarage Road and he was a key player as the club won promotion to the Premier League in the 2014/15 campaign.

The Swiss midfielder scored nine goals in 33 Championship appearances that season and it was a bit of a surprise he dropped down a division this time last year considering he then made 32 outings in the Premier League.

Would he be a good signing for Leeds?

The fact that he has previous experience of winning promotion from the Championship would certainly make him an attractive proposition for Whites boss Christiansen, and Abdi has shown he has the quality to be a real creative hit at this level.

However, he needs to rediscover that form if he is to secure a move to Leeds and be a key player.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Wednesday boss Carvalhal may feel that he hasn’t seen the best from Abdi and is ready to give him another chance to impress, but if he is allowed to go then he would certainly be an interesting addition for Leeds.