Leeds United are in with a real chance of qualifying in the Premier League this season since their 2003-04 campaign and Garry Monk, who has done a brilliant job at the club under tremendous pressure, would want his team to retain their form and position till the end of the season.
While the automatic qualification spots are pretty much taken by Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion, the playoff qualification battle has essentially boiled down to a five-horse race between Huddersfield Town, Leeds United, Reading FC, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County.
Needless to say, none of the teams can afford to drop points at such a crucial juncture, but Leeds United’s erratic form has been a source of worry for the fans. After a brilliant run of form, where the Whites saw off the likes of Preston North End, Reading, Brentford and Derby County, it was suddenly stalled by Barnsley on Saturday.
It could definitely be threatening to their flair especially when they are up against the likes of Huddersfield Town, Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City in their next four games. Inarguably, the most important player has been their charismatic forward Chris Wood who has looked magical at times, and Garry Monk’s biggest challenge has been to get him into the game for the maximum amount of time.
While Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez have been impactful occasionally, Leeds have lacked any real threats from their wing play. And Monk’s next target this transfer season hints his attempt to mend it. According to reports, Leeds United are planning a loan move for Norwich City winger Sergi Canos.
Apparently, Monk is a great admirer of the player and is planning to include a clause to make the switch permanent at the end of the deal. A Barcelona youth product, Canos has played in the likes of Liverpool Under-18s and Under-23s and Brentford before making a switch to Norwich last summer.
The 19-year-old hasn’t been a regular for Norwich side and has featured mostly in EFL Cup and EFL trophy fixtures where he has bagged three goals and two assists in five appearances. He has played twice in Championship this season so far with one coming off the bench.
Canos has drawn real attention with his sublime through balls and an eye for the perfect pass, and his attributes could be really handy for Wood up front who is hungry to prey on them. Canos has shown maturity exceeding his age and could be a huge asset for Leeds in the second half of the season.