According to The Sun’s live transfer blog (8th August, 7am), Leeds United are close to signing midfielder Oliver Norwood. The 27-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion and has done so since leaving Reading back in 2016, although he spent last season on loan at second tier outfit Fulham given his lowly position in Chris Hughton’s pecking order.
And Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds are reportedly interested in sealing a deal for the £2.7 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), a deal which, if they do indeed get done in the last knockings of the transfer window, could prove to be a very shrewd move indeed by the Yorkshire heavyweights.
Ultimately, optimism has been high among Leeds fans ever since the highly-rated Bielsa took over as the club’s new head coach back in the summer, what with the man labelled by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as the ‘best coach in the world’.
And while that optimism somewhat reduced given their lack of activity in the transfer market, their outstanding performance in their 3-1 victory over pre-season Championship favourites Stoke City on Sunday has got many Leeds fans talking about the possibility of a return to the Premier League.
And while it is only one game, further performances like that one, which was full of energy, dynamism, and ultimately genuine quality in both boxes, will surely see the Yorkshire giants go close in the second tier this season – something they have threatened to do in each of the past two seasons.
And adding the vastly experienced Norwood will only aid in their quest to maintain that throughout the campaign.
The 27-year-old has 248 games worth of Championship experience to call upon in his career in a bid to add further quality and know-how to the Leeds ranks, but significantly he knows how to get out of the division having been a part of Fulham’s team that won promotion via the play-offs last season.
And having that particular nous can only be beneficial in a Leeds side that, in the last two years, have got into positions to challenge for promotion only to fall away as the season drew to a conclusion – Norwood has played his part in a team that kept going for the duration.
And with expectations now even higher after a majestic start to the season, bringing in players of the quality and indeed experience of Norwood will only benefit Leeds in the long, hard slog that is the second tier campaign.
Thus, sealing a deal for the 53-times Northern Ireland international could prove to be a very shrewd move indeed by Bielsa and the Leeds hierarchy.
Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!