Leeds United Eyeing A January Move For Wigan Athletic Starlet: Is It The Right Move By Bielsa?

Leeds United are ready to rekindle their interest in Sean McGurk - One for the future?
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Sean McGurk of Wigan Athletic reacts during the FA Youth Cup: Sixth Round match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on February 28, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

According to The Sun, Leeds United are ready to rekindle their interest in Sean McGurk. The Wigan Athletic youngster was eyed by the newly-promoted Premier League side during the summer transfer window but were rebuffed as Wigan were losing too many players following their relegation to League One.

Leeds United, however, are hoping to come back with an offer for McGurk in the upcoming January transfer window. They are ready to reunite 17-year-old with another ex-Wigan starlet in Joe Gelhardt.

Who Is Sean McGurk?

An attacking midfielder by trade, Sean McGurk is considered as one of the most talented players to come out of the Wigan Athletic youth academy in recent years.

Although the youngster is yet to feature in a professional game so far in his career, he was promoted to the senior side earlier this summer, thanks to his performances in the youth competitions. He had notably netted two goals in four matches for Wigan’s U18 side in the FA Youth Cup last season.

Unfortunately, McGurk has not been used in the matchday squad for Wigan, in the League One this campaign. But in this long season, it won’t be unreasonable for the playmaker to hope for a chance to make a breakthrough in professional football, especially during the backend of the campaign.

Leeds United are ready to rekindle their interest in Sean McGurk - Ready to make an impact.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 28: Hannibal Mejbri of Manchester United on the ball with Sean McGurk of Wigan Athletic during the FA Youth Cup: Sixth Round match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on February 28, 2020, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

Leeds United’s Youth Revolution

Leeds United were one of the busiest Premier League sides in the transfer market in the summer. But their youth sides were even busier as the club pulled off deals to sign a host of talented young players scattered in the United Kingdom and Europe.

The summer signing from Arsenal, Sam Greenwood, is already making a name for himself in Premier League 2, having scored five goals in the new campaign. The likes of Gelhardt, Crysencio Summerville and Charlie Allen have also made a major impact.

As a result, the Leeds United reserve side are currently third in Premier League 2, level on points with second-placed Boro U23 and two points behind league leaders Norwich City U23.

Should Leeds Sign McGurk?

Sean McGurk, in that regard, could be the latest addition to Leeds United’s evergrowing collection of talented players who are getting the opportunity to make an impact in the reserve side.

It could be useful for their careers, especially given the fact that Marcelo Bielsa is not afraid to provide opportunities to young players even at the highest level of football. The Argentine tactician particularly lacks depth in the attacking midfield unit, with Tyler Roberts struggling to perform while Pablo Hernandez is yet to find his feet.

McGurk, in that regard, could have an excellent chance of moving up the ranks by performing in the youth competitions and potentially becoming a part of Bielsa’s first-team plans later in this campaign.

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.