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Leeds United Try To Sign Championship Midfielder: A Wise Move By Marcelo Bielsa?

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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 The Sun journalist, Alan Nixon, Leeds United have joined the race to sign Lewin O’Brien. The Yorkshire giants are scouring the market for a new midfield workhorse, with their search leading them towards the Huddersfield Town starlet. O’Brien has done well with the Terriers over the past couple of years, thus attracting the interest of Marcelo Bielsa.

Who Is Lewis O’Brien?

A native of Colchester, Lewis O’Brien began his foootballing career in Huddersfield Town. He was initially playing for the U18 squad before being promoted to the senior side in 2019.

Since then, the 22-year-old has become a first-team regular for the Terriers, notching up 80 appearances in the Championship. His initial breakthrough came at Bradford City, though, with Lewis spending one season in League One making 40 appearances.

A central midfielder by trade, O’Brien has made quite an impression with his work rate. He is a relentless runner, boasting the ability to not only hurry and hassle the ball-carriers but also drive forward in the final third. During his time at Huddersfield, O’Brien has been involved in a total of 12 goals in all competitions.

He is quite a versatile operator as well, playing in a variety of positions including attacking midfield, left-midfield and even as a wingback. In addition, O’Brien is a born leader, notably captaining the Huddersfield side during a small window in February and March.

Leeds United have joined the race to sign Lewin O'Brien - A star in the making.
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A Good Option For Leeds United?

Leeds United are on the hunt for central midfielders this summer, as Marcelo Bielsa hopes to add more competition. Lewis O’Brien could be an ideal acquisition for a number of reasons.

The 22-year old’s work ethic and stamina are tailor-made for Bielsa’s tactical philosophy. But more importantly, the midfielder offers the versatility to the table that should help the Argentine tactician deal with the lack of depth in his current roster.

Indeed, O’Brien can serve as an ideal backup for Kalvin Phillips, but can also provide cover in the left wingback position. It bodes well for Leeds United, especially with Ezgjan Alioski facing an uncertain future at the club. His leadership qualities should come in handy as well, should Phillips end up leaving Elland Road in the near future.

The Huddersfield Town starlet isn’t expected to cost a fortune either, potentially making him a smart long-term investment for the Whites as they continue to unearth hidden gems from the Championship.

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