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Leeds United To Fight With Liverpool & Others For £3m Rated Midfielder: Good Option For Bielsa?

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Ayush Chaurasia
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According to the latest reports from Leeds Live, Leeds United are one of the teams in the mix to sign Coventry City’s talented midfielder Tom Bayliss. However, they are yet to make an approach for him. From the Premier League; Liverpool, West Ham, Everton and Aston Villa are said to have an interest in this 20-year-old midfielder.

Bayliss is being considered as the next big star to come up from Coventry City’s academy. In recent times, James Maddison and Callum Wilson came up from their academy, and both of them are in England’s national team set up right now as they enjoyed an impressive spell in the Premier League last season.

Bayliss is an England u-19 international, and he is seen as someone who can play at the Premier League level. The midfielder has his contract at the club until 2022, and Marcelo Bielsa has reportedly set his sights on the midfielder to bring him to Elland Road.

It is believed that Bayliss could command a fee of £3m and Derby County had two bids rejected for him in January. The 20-year-old made 41 appearances for his side in the League One last season and contributed with three goals and three assists.

Why Leeds United need a midfielder?

Mateusz Klich started every game for the Whites in the Championship last season. Midfield is a position which is often rotated by managers given the work they have to put in. However, Bielsa’s hands were tied as he didn’t have many plausible options. Adam Forshaw was the other midfielder, and he was also a backup to Kalvin Phillips in defensive midfield.

But, because of lack of options, young star Jamie Shackleton got a run into the team, and he did well when he was called upon. Nevertheless, the Whites should still look to bring in a midfielder to lift some burden off Klich and Phillips.

Is Bayliss good enough for Leeds United?

The Coventry midfielder has got impressive pace, and he is someone who always looks to make things happen in midfield. The Englishman tries to move the ball forward instead of playing safe passes, and he is also known for his impressive work rate. His pace also allows him to be used in wide areas as well, and his versatility would be an asset for Bielsa.

The fact that some top Premier League clubs are interested in him suggests that he is good enough to play for the Whites. Leeds United might be a division down over their other rivals, but the Englishman will have better first-team opportunities at Elland Road. The Whites would hope that it would do the trick in luring him to the West Yorkshire.

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