Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Why Leeds United Should Try To Sign This Winger In The Summer

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

Leeds United are in a phase of transition under the tutelage of Garry Monk who has undertaken the challenge of managing a side infamous for sacking managers like a child’s play. What appeared like a baptism of fire for the former Swansea City boss at the onset has transformed into an endeavour of an excellent opportunity for him to boost his credentials. The project he has undertaken has been reaping benefits as the Peacocks are very much amidst the scheme of things to bag a play-off spot.

Their latest win against fellow top-six contender in the shape of Sheffield Wednesday at the Elland Road has cemented their stature as a side capable enough to get back to the Premier League. However, there is a dire need for Monk to beef up his squad, particularly as far as the wing spots are concerned and he wasn’t unaccustomed to this perception.

Three wingers were signed by him in the January transfer window, namely, Alfonso Pedraza and Modou Barrow but they have been lured on loan which implies that their availability beyond this season is still in a doubt. Moreover, Hadi Sacko might shower glimpses of a world-class winger but it has to be underlined that he is still an unpolished an erratic player and an immediate upgrade is holds paramount importance in the summer. So, should Leeds United grab the chances of a first-mover’s advantage to sign Alan Judge?

Judge has been sidelined completely this season owing to his broken leg and hasn’t featured at all for Brentford this season at all. His contract expires in the summer and thus, it wouldn’t be a mega investment should the Whites plan to fork out a deal. Nonetheless, he would be a shrewd signing, considering that he mustered 14 goals last season in 38 appearances, alongside creating 90 chances as well for the Bees. He is a serial goal-scorer and could play a pivotal role to strengthen Leeds United’s attacking pursuits.

A move from the Griffin Park is seemingly likely and despite his injury woes, he still has admirers in the Championship. The 28-year-old is versatile enough to play on the wings as well as in the central role, has an excellent eye for forking killer passes, a good burst of pace and dribbles past opponents’ defence with relative ease. Frankly speaking, it would be a safe gamble from Monk and would be a tremendous signing for a historically rich side like Leeds United if he gets back to his usual productive ways next term.

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