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Foden off: Now Leeds must turn their attentions towards this PL sensation

Leeds United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the new era at Elland Road following the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as the club’s new manager last week.

The former Argentina and Chile manager takes over from the sacked Paul Heckingbottom at the Yorkshire giants, what with the Englishman relieved of his duties earlier this month after winning just four of his 16 matches in charge. Yet hopes among our resident Whites fans are high following the appointment of the highly-rated Bielsa, with many hopeful that he can be the man to take the club back into the Premier League.

As such, there are many excited and expectant Leeds fans in the Tavern at present, although they are unlikely to be overly thrilled by recent reports suggesting that a move for Manchester City’s Phil Foden will not take place this summer.

Thus, the Yorkshire heavyweights must now turn their attentions towards another Premier League sensation in the form of Southampton winger Josh Sims, who struggled for regular football at St Mary’s last season.

The 21-year-old burst onto the scene back in November 2016 when he was given his senior debut in a Premier League clash against Everton, taking little over a minute to provide the assist for Charlie Austin’s opener in a 1-0 success for the Saints – Sims unsurprisingly won the man-of-the-match award for his efforts during the 90 minutes.

However, the England Under-20 star has since added just 19 more senior appearances, of which just five have been starts, to his Southampton tally, only seven of which coming last term in a deeply frustrating campaign for the young winger.

As such, it remains to be seen whether he is indeed in Mark Hughes’ plans for the upcoming Premier League campaign, yet Leeds must seek to ask the question about bringing the 21-year-old to Elland Road.

Ultimately, while he hasn’t played loads of football in his young career, Sims has looked a threat every time he has been on the pitch for Southampton, and as such would add a great deal of depth to Bielsa’s attacking ranks at Leeds, ranks that have to be strong for the entirety of the Championship if the Whites are to win promotion.

Yes, missing out on Foden is sure to come as a big blow to Leeds given how impressive the City midfielder is and how much talent and potential he has, but they must move on and continue seeking the additions needed to propel them into promotion contention – Sims’ arrival may well do just that.

And with the 21-year-old likely to struggle for regular football at Southampton this term, Leeds must seek to offer him just that by making a move this summer.

Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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