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Leeds United TT Roundup: Eddie Nketiah returns to training, Whites chase Fulham’s Tom Cairney and Rhian Brewster linked with move

In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Leeds United recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.

Nketiah returns to training

Eddie Nketiah has returned to first-team training after making a recovery from his lower abdominal injury sustained earlier in the season.

The on-loan Arsenal man is thought to be fit for next weekend’s game against Huddersfield Town.

Verdict

Patrick Bamford has struggled in many Championship games this season, making the return of the young forward a huge boost.

His finishing prowess has been on display this season with the 20-year-old rescuing Leeds in the games against Brentford, Bristol City and Preston North End (via Transfermarkt).

A different option upfront could help create a plan B for the Elland Road side, who have struggled to score more than one goal in 11 out of their 18 league games this season (via WhoScored).

Bielsa interested in Fulham’s Tom Cairney

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is a huge admirer of Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney, who is valued at £13.5m, as per Transfermarkt (via Football Insider).

It is thought Bielsa is hugely impressed by the midfielder and believes he is among the best in his position in the second tier of English football.

The player only signed a new contract in the summer which expires in 2024 with an option of another year having previously played for the Whites.

Verdict

With the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich and Pablo Hernandez all available across attacking and central midfield, a move for Cairney is unwarranted.

All three players have been in brilliant form with Phillips having been linked with Manchester United, and Hernandez and Klich having contributed a combined seven goals this campaign.

Bielsa has a team that is well drilled to his demand and style of play, and attempting to sign a player in January and moulding him will take time and is not worth the risk.

Rhian Brewster linked with a move

Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster (via The Mirror) has been linked with a move to Elland Road if Arsenal are to recall Eddie Nketiah from his loan spell as the Whites expect (via Football Insider).

However, the Yorkshire side aren’t the only team interested in taking the youngster on loan in the second half of the season as Aston Villa remain as frontrunners for his signature.

Verdict

A move for the 19-year-old is a no-brainer, amid concerns Nketiah won’t be at the club. Brewster is unlikely to get into the Liverpool starting line up ahead of the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi meaning a move is an increasing possibility.

And with the Villains fighting a relegation battle, a move to the north-west club is far more likely and would be a much-needed boost for the side in terms of options in forward areas.

Leeds fans, what do you make of the three stories? Let us know your thoughts!


Leeds United TT Roundup: Eddie Nketiah returns to training, Whites chase Fulham’s Tom Cairney and Rhian Brewster linked with move
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