Phil Hay Claims Leeds United Not Interested In This Attacker: Would He Have Been An Ideal Fit For Bielsa?

Leeds United currently occupy the second spot in the Championship table after the latest round of fixtures. The Whites have been unbeaten in the last four games and the latest performance against Queens Park Rangers would have satisfied the team management and their fans.

Phil Hay on a possible move for the QPR talent in January

Phil Hay of the Atheltic recently went on to squash another transfer rumour as he indicated that the Whites are unlikely to make a move for Ebere Eze in January. United were linked (TalkSport) with him in March this year, but nothing major transpired between him and the Whites in the summer transfer market. Now Hay has even ruled out a January move.

In a Q and A session with the Athletic, Phil Hay wrote, ”He’s got plenty of talent. Well-honed, he could become a very good player. But he won’t be cheap, and at this stage, I’m not convinced Leeds will have masses to spend in January–unless they decide to push the FFP boat out.”

The Whites decided to spend the big bucks on Helder Costa this summer, and apart from that, they have relied on signing players on loan. It was always going to be unlikely that the club would look to spend much in January. Moreover, Ebe’s current form is such that QPR would be reluctant to let him leave for cheap midway through the campaign.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has caught the eye so far with his performances as he has six goals and four assists to his name in 14 Championship games. QPR have scored 24 goals in the division so far, and Ebe has had direct involvement in ten of those. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the London based outfit holding onto him tightly in January.

Why Leeds United need someone like Ebe

A player like Ebe could have made a significant impact at Elland Road as they lack an outright attacking midfielder. Ever since the departure of Samuel Saiz, Bielsa has used makeshift players in the number ten position. This season, Adam Forshaw and Jamie Shackleton have played that role primarily. Both of them are hard workers, but they lack the goal threat in their game. Neither of them doesn’t seem to have 10-12 goals to their game which a team would often want from their attacking midfielder. Given that he is young, Ebe would have been an ideal long term player for the Whites.

However, Bielsa might have turned a corner after Tyler Roberts impressed in the attacking midfielder role recently. The former West Brom player is a striker by trade, but he has the ability and tactical nuances to play as a ten.

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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.

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