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Former Leeds United Target Being Monitored By PL Clubs: Why Bielsa Must Rekindle His Interest

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Daily Mail, former Leeds United target Ricky-Jade Jones is attracting interest across the Premier League. The Peterborough youngster has emerged as the latest target for Manchester United as well as Liverpool. The report claims that Leeds United had approached the player back in January. And in this article, we will discuss why Marcelo Bielsa must rekindle his interest in Jade Jones this summer.

Who is Jade Jones?

Jade Jones has emerged as one of the breakthrough stars for Peterborough United in the League One this season. He initially signed a professional contract with the club in January and has already featured in 11 league games as well as five cup matches.

A forward by trade the youngster most notably scored against Premier League side Burnley in the third round of the FA Cup. Overall, he has performed in domestic cup matches, netting four goals in five appearances. As a result, Jones is now being regarded as one of the most talented young footballers in the lower divisions of English football.

As far as his style of play is concerned, Jones is primarily known for his versatility. Despite being a natural number nine, the Englishman can operate in the wider attacking roles or even as a centre forward. His tactical sense makes him a prized asset for any youth manager.

former Leeds United target Ricky-Jade Jones is attracting interest - Bielsa must make a move
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on December 21, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Why Leeds must sign Jade Jones

Leeds United are in firm control of their destiny at the moment as the English football nears its potential return. However, Bielsa must sort out his side’s problems if they are to thrive in the Premier League next term.

Although Jones is not a reliable first-team option, especially in top-flight football, the youngster has the potential to make some waves in Leeds’ first-team next season. The Whites have already lacked the services of a reliable goalscoring forward, with Patrick Bamford netting only 13 league goals so far.

Bielsa should undoubtedly invest in another proven attacker in the summer despite all the reports of Jean-Kévin Augustin getting fit for the challenges of the remainder of this campaign. But, the presence of someone as talented Jones should provide the other attackers with an incentive to fight for their place in the starting lineup. Moreover, the lack of depth in the squad could also appease the player, who will be keen on making his presence felt at the highest level of football.

Jones is unlikely to cost a fortune either. And for a reasonable price, Leeds United could get their hands on one of the most promising youngsters in the lower leagues. Hence, Bielsa must rekindle his interest in this Peterborough forward this summer.

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