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TT Battle: Leeds vs Middlesborough for Luke Freeman

He’s been rather impressive, hasn’t he? Luke Freeman’s form for Queens Park Rangers this season will have caught the eye of many clubs, in particular, Leeds United and Middlesborough.

Freeman has been at the forefront of the vast majority of QPR’s attacking play this season. He excelled in a more creative midfield role upon his arrival to the capital in 2017 and he has continued to demonstrate his talent there this campaign.

Having netted five goals and helped out with 13 assists last season, the 26-year-old has now taken more of the goalscoring onus, currently standing as their joint top scorer in the league with eight goals already. There is no doubt that Freeman, now approaching his prime, can develop his game further in a more attacking side as he has shown that he has talent in abundance already this campaign.

His form has caught the eyes of potential suitors and we can help to judge which moves suits him best…

Leeds United

Freeman’s performances have seemingly made quite the impression over in West Yorkshire as Talksport have reported that United are interested in signing the Rs’ key man.

He would feature as the most advanced midfielder, most likely partnering Mateusz Klich in a role which Tyler Roberts has played in the recent weeks and has done so well.

Such an addition would only bolster the attacking depth in a forward-thinking side that Freeman will reap the benefits of playing in and continue to develop. His versatility means that despite being most involved in a central role, he can also operate out wide, but either way, he will be sure to cause problems for the opponent.

Grade: B+

Middlesborough

Despite being in fifth position in the Championship, only three teams have scored fewer than Boro this season. They are in desperate need of some creativity and players who can heavily influence play in the final third. Freeman offers exactly that and LondonFootballNews report that Boro remain interested.

His role would be as one of the two attacking midfielders that play off the lone striker which would almost combine both roles he has played over the years. He would not be situated completely in the middle of the park, but nor isolated out wide, so, he could really impact play between the lines.

Pulis’ style of play may not get the best out of Freeman, but his impact would still be a very positive one and one that Boro could do with.

Grade: B

TT VERDICT:

A move to Boro would see Freeman, once again, take a lot of the attacking burden which may cause them to over-rely on him, as well as Pulis’ style of play potentially not making the most of his talent.

That is why, moving to United under Marcelo Bielsa’s guidance and to a side who can boast such high levels of attacking competition, would really benefit Freeman and get the best out of him during his prime, as he has a lot still to offer.


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