Leeds United are vying for direct promotion spots, and they have done reasonably well in the past few weeks as they are giving West Bromwich Albion a good run for their money for the top spot. With January transfer window approaching many of the club faithful would want to see United making some significant moves. Still, Victor Orta has already indicated that the club is likely to be in for a quiet market.
Irrespective of those comments, the transfer rumours recently came out and linked (The Mirror) Rhian Brewster to Leeds United. Premier League clubs like Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are also said to be interested, and Villa are said to be leading the race for the striker. It remains to be seen how much truth is there in those rumours.
Whelan excited about United signing Brewster
Former Leeds United striker and BBC commentator Noel Whelan meanwhile believes that he will be a perfect January signing. Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan said, “I’d love him at Leeds. He is young, hungry, exciting, well-spoken about by Jurgen Klopp. If we could pull that deal out of the bag in January, wow, perfect. It would be a great deal for us. He would offer something a bit different to what we’ve already got.”
“We need strength in depth up front. Two senior strikers, Patrick Bamford and Eddie Nketiah, is not enough for a Championship campaign.”
Why is Bielsa unlikely to go ahead with this move?
Whelan might be getting excited by the prospect of signing Brewster but knowing Bielsa; it is highly unlikely that he would bring in a new striker in January. Eddie Nketiah took months to get his chance to start, and even that didn’t happen because of an untimely injury to the English youngster. Bielsa clearly wants to give his players a longer rope, and he is happy to work with a close-knit squad.
Brewster would be an exciting addition to Leeds United though the Liverpool player hasn’t played much football at the top level before. Hence, there is no guarantee that he would hit the ground running. However, he is highly rated just like the Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah, and many see Brewster as the future of club and country’s strike force.
United also have Tyler Roberts at their disposal who can lead the line when required. So that makes it three strikers for them. Hence, it is highly unlikely that the Whites would go for a forward in January. However, things could change if Eddie Nketiah is recalled back to Arsenal as he struggled for game time at Elland Road.
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