Although all eyes at Elland Road will be firmly fixed on Leeds United’s clash with Derby County on Saturday, Marcelo Bielsa will already have an idea on what areas of his squad that he wants to improve upon in the summer.
With the Argentine demonstrating this season that he is willing to give the Whites’ younger players a chance to express themselves in the Championship, it is of little surprise that the club has been linked with one of League One’s hottest prospects.
According to the Sunday People (as quoted by HITC), Leeds are reportedly interested in signing Coventry City starlet Tom Bayliss when the transfer window opens in July having been impressed by the midfielder’s escapades in League One this year.
If the Whites do indeed agree a deal to bring the 20-year-old to Elland Road, it could lead to several potential consequences occurring over the coming years.
Check them out below.
BAYLISS BECOMES A LEEDS HERO
An incredibly talented player who seemingly has the world at his feet, Bayliss has all the ingredients needed to become a Leeds hero in the future.
After recording his second successive exceptional season with Coventry, the midfielder is clearly ready to make the step up in level and would undoubtedly benefit from the guidance of Bielsa who has nurtured the talents of Jack Clarke, Jamie Shackleton and Bailey Peacock-Farrell this year.
JACK CLARKE IS FORGOTTEN BY THE WHITES FAITHFUL
If Bayliss kicks off his Leeds career in fine style, it could be bad news for one of Leeds’ most recent academy graduates; Jack Clarke.
Despite showing glimpses of his undeniable talent earlier on in the 2018/19 campaign, the 18-year-old has struggled to make any impact for the Whites since returning to action earlier on this month.
Although the two players do not play in the same position, an increase in competition in the Whites’ midfield could lead to a lack of opportunity for the 18-year-old who may have to go out on loan if he is to play regular first-team football next season.
BAYLISS BECOMES THE LATEST LEEDS FLOP
However tempting a move to Leeds may be for Bayliss, it could be argued that leaving the Sky Blues this early in his career could have a negative impact on the youngster.
If he joins the club and then struggles to adapt to Bielsa’s playing style, the likelihood of him keeping his place in a side which already contains the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Adam Forshaw could be very slim.
Having seen the likes of Adryan and Izzy Brown fail to deliver for the Whites in recent years, the last thing that the club’s supporters will want is to see yet another player flop at Elland Road.
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