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Championship Midfielder Is Eager To Join Leeds United This Summer: What Will He Bring To Elland Road?

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In a recent interview with Football Insider, former Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor mentioned that Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien is eager to join Leeds United this summer. Agbonlahor said,

“He’s pushing to join Leeds. Yorkshire lads don’t want to leave Yorkshire. I didn’t want to leave Birmingham to go to London.

“He will want to stay in the area. It’s a big move for him and it makes sense.

“Bielsa likes his versatile players, just look at Stuart Dallas. O’Brien is like that, he can play everywhere.”

O’Brien’s Decent Run Of Form At The John Smith’s Stadium Last Season

O’Brien managed to catch the eye by putting in a run of impressive displays for the Terriers in the previous campaign. The Colchester-born talent took part in 42 matches for the Yorkshire outfit last season, finding the back of the net on three occasions while grabbing three assists in various competitions.

The English talent was an influential presence at both ends of the pitch after he averaged 2.0 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 1.0 clearances, 0.9 shots, 1.1 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per 90 minutes in the EFL Championship. He also distributed the ball relatively well from midfield after making 77.3% of his attempted passes in the English second division last season (stats via whoscored).

Lewis O’Brien eager to join Leeds United (Marcelo Bielsa is seen in the photo)
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What Will The Terriers Star Bring To Elland Road?

O’Brien is a hard-working midfielder who can hamper the opponent’s rhythm in the game by making some solid tackles at the centre of the park that also helps him pull off some important interceptions for his team. He can anchor the midfield quite well and is well-equipped to offer some decent protection for his teammates at the back.

The English sensation is a tidy passer who can create some decent plays for others around him. He can even chip in by scoring the odd goal from time to time. What makes O’Brien such a useful member of Huddersfield’s squad is his incredible versatility to play in multiple positions across the midfield.

The Terriers star is primarily a central midfielder who can play as a holding midfielder or in the number ten position if needed. Huddersfield even played him on the left flank at times last season, so Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa can definitely use someone of O’Brien’s skill set and versatility in the coming seasons.

We can expect the Championship midfield ace to bring a lot of energy and dynamism to Leeds’ midfield department if Bielsa can find a way to lure him to Elland Road before the transfer window closes on August 31st.

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