We are of the opinion that Leeds United need to add more direct attacking to their squad next season and Brandon Barker can be that man to get Elland Road on its feet.
Football Insider have reported that Leeds are interested in bringing the Man City youngster and Preston North End loanee up to Yorkshire. The left-winger impressed this season, particularly when fans hailed him after his goal against the Whites in August, and he could follow in Jack Harrison’s footsteps by swapping the City Football Academy for Elland Road.
The 22-year-old planned to break into his parent club’s team when he signed a five-year-deal in 2015, according to the MEN, but he’s been loaned out three times since then and has only made one 37-minute substitute appearance for City. However, his two goals and two assists in just six Championship starts this season has shown just how impactful he can be.
Despite his average of 0.8 dribbles and 0.8 shots per game this season, according to Who Scored, anyone who’s seen the Englishman cut in from the left and smash a goal in would know he could give Leeds’ front-line the unpredictability it’s missed for much of the second half of the season.
Yes, his talent is pretty raw right now and there’s no guarantee but just look at what he can do:
Now, basing opinions off of YouTube videos is probably where thousands of ill-informed football fans fall down but such a natural attacking outlet does seem like a good idea for a Whites side who struggled to breakdown the opposition towards the end of the season. For example, they bossed the passing stats against the likes of Aston Villa, Derby and Brentford, yet couldn’t find a way to capitalise and make the most of it.
Indeed, the kind of genuine pace Barker boasts could at least ask more questions of the opposition.
Barker can have a bright future ahead if he’s given the opportunity to show what he can do on a permanent basis. He can’t keep being sent out on loan forever, so they should take a chance on him just as they did with Jack Harrison, and that didn’t work out too badly, did it?
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