Leeds United were one of the clubs linked (Daily Record) with a move for Brentford’s midfielder Romaine Sawyers. However, the latest update from John Percy of the Telegraph suggests that West Bromwich have made their move for the midfielder and are looking to sign him for £3m with other clubs interested.
#wba are hoping to make Brentford midfielder Romaine Sawyers their next signing. Would cost around £3m. A deal could progress in the next few days but other clubs are interested
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) July 22, 2019
Does Leeds United need a midfielder?
The Whites relied heavily on Mateusz Klich last season in central midfield. The Polish international started every game in the Championship. As a result of that, he looked jaded on various occasions. However, Bielsa didn’t have too many options, and he wasn’t able to rotate the players.
Midfield is anyway known to be a high-intensity position and given Bielsa’s playing style; we think that the club needs to add an option in the middle of the park. It’s good that young players like Mateusz Bogusz and Jamie Shackleton will get their chances. However, a team vying to move to the Premier League should also have experienced campaigners in midfield.
Moreover, Sawyers can play as an attacking midfielder as well. After the departure of Samuel Saiz, the club lacks an outright no. 10 option. As of now, it seems like Kemar Roofe (who is a striker) or Pablo Hernandez (who is a winger) will play in that role. Therefore a midfielder like Sawyers should be on the agenda of the club.
What can Sawyers bring to the table?
The 27-year-old is an established player at the Championship level and is currently the captain of Brentford. He failed to find the back of the net last season in 46 appearances, but he was still an influential player for his side in the middle of the park.
Sawyers showcases quick feet and ability to wriggle out of tight spaces. That is why he is effective as an attacking midfielder as it is tough to rob him off the ball in one on one situation when he receives the ball in between the midfield and defence line. The Saint Kitts and Nevis international also has that killer pass in his locker to open up defences. He has that extra bit of flair to his game, which makes him look easy on the eye. However, his work rate can be questionable on occasions. But that is something which can be worked on.
Given today’s inflated market, signing a player with proper Championship experience and a player who is currently in his prime for £3m could be considered a bargain. Leeds United should definitely step up their pursuit to sign this midfielder.
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