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Leeds United Target Attracts Interest From Derby & Norwich Among Others: A Worthy Signing For Bielsa?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

Reports from Daily Star during the start of the month came out that Leeds United were interested in signing Wigan Athletic’s playmaker Nick Powell. However, reports from Turkish media outlet Hurriyet now indicates that quite a few clubs are going to target this soon to be a free agent. Some of the clubs mentioned in the reports are Fenerbahce, Besiktas, Celtic, Burnley, Brighton, Norwich City, Derby County.

Leeds United’s name doesn’t feature in the latest reports, but the Whites have been linked with him quite a few times in the past year. With the playmaker entering in the final few months of his contract, we believe Leeds United might still fancy signing him.

Why Leeds United need a playmaker?

The West Yorkshire outfit sold Samuel Saiz to Getafe in the January transfer window, and since then they have used makeshift players in the attacking midfield position. Pablo Hernandez, Tyler Roberts and Kemar Roofe have filled in since the past few months. However, with the club eyeing a move to the Premier League, they would need to add specialist players and a playmaker should be on the agenda of the club.

What works for Powell?

The former Manchester United midfielder is technically adept. He has a knack of finding space between the opposition’s defence and midfield line. His vision and creativity can make a difference in the final third, and his goalscoring exploits with the Latics are also impressive.

The Whites have often been guilty of not being able to finish off moves this season. If they move to the Premier League, they need to be more clinical in front of goal and Powell’s ability to score and assist can come in handy.

What doesn’t?

The English midfielder is known to be slightly injury prone, and Bielsa’s high-intensity football could probably bring him down. Powell is known to be technically gifted, but he lacks that little bit of work rate which the Argentine manager wants from his players.

Verdict and chances of United signing him?

On a free transfer, he is going to be a decent acquisition for Leeds United. The Whites lack depth in a lot of areas in the squad and Powell will add options and competition for places.

However, the club will have to show real intent if they want to get him as Besiktas, Celtic, Burnley, Brighton and others are interested in this playmaker.  Besiktas and Celtic can offer him a chance to play in European competitions, so the Whites have their task cut out.

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