Championship

Recent reports should prompt Leeds to make summer move for £4.5m-rated sensation

Leeds United supporters have been somewhat downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days after seeing their team go down 2-1 at Norwich City on Saturday to suffer a fourth successive Championship away defeat.

Paul Heckingbottom’s men went into their meeting with the Canaries off the back of beating Yorkshire rivals Barnsley in their preceding league encounter, and thus with high hopes of ending their dreadful recent run on the road when they visited Norfolk on Saturday. And they took the lead against Daniel Farke’s side through Kalvin Phillips, only for goals from Wes Hoolahan and Josh Murphy to seal all three points for Norwich, thus condemning Leeds to a 13th away loss of the season.

Subsequently, there have been many disappointed Leeds fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can finish the season on a high with victory over Queens Park Rangers in their final game this weekend.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Leeds fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Chelsea could seek to recall Charly Musonda from his loan spell at Celtic this summer given his lack of regular football.

And these recent reports should be of interest to the Leeds hierarchy, and it should trigger them to make a summer move for the £4.5 million-rated sensation (as per Transfermarkt) were the Blues to indeed cut short his time in Scotland.

Ultimately, things haven’t quite worked out for the 21-year-old north of the border, with the attacker mustering just eight first team appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ side since joining on loan back in January.

And with his most recent start for the Bhoys coming back in February, it’s clear that the Belgium Under-21 international is not in Rodgers’ first team plans and appears unlikely to be between now and the end of the season, thus plunging into doubt whether his two-year loan spell will continue beyond the summer.

And Leeds simply must be ready to pounce, as Musonda has an abundance of talent and potential just waiting to be fulfilled.

The 21-year-old has excelled in Chelsea’s youth teams over the years with an impressive ten goals and six assists for the development squad at Stamford Bridge, alongside goals for the club in their UEFA Youth League campaigns of 2014 and 2015.

Thus, he appears ready to test himself in league football in Britain having spent time at Real Betis last season, and in a Leeds side seeking a return to the Premier League in the coming years, he could be the ideal signing.

Ultimately, the Whites have once again come up short this term despite another promising start to the campaign, perhaps suggesting that the squad simply isn’t strong enough to cope with the rigours and demands of a long Championship season.

And while there are many accomplished attackers at the club in the form of Samu Saiz, Ezgjan Alioski, and Pablo Hernandez, it wouldn’t hurt to add another exciting talent to those ranks to keep them fresh throughout the 46-game season.

In fact, Musonda’s arrival would provide even greater competition in that department, which can only be good news for head coach Heckingbottom as he eyes a sustained promotion push.

Thus, with it looking increasingly likely that Chelsea could cut short Musonda’s Celtic loan, Leeds must be ready to pounce and thus bring the 21-year-old to Elland Road this summer.

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

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