The Lowdown: Leeds links
McAtee, primarily an attacking midfielder who has also played on the wing and as a centre-forward, has been linked with a move to Elland Road this summer.
The Whites were first credited with an interest in McAtee following Manchester City’s talks for Kalvin Phillips, with The Daily Mail recently revealing that City may grant a loan exit if clubs can guarantee him regular game time.
The Latest: Campbell’s comments
The pundit believes that a move to Elland Road would be the ‘best’ as he feels McAteee would ‘get game time’ in Yorkshire.
“He needs to be in the Premier League.
“I tell you why, this is where he wants to cut his mustard. This is where he needs to prove himself.
“It is not the same going out to Spain. If you can get in and play in the Premier League, that would be best.
“Yes, those clubs are not a Man City but you are playing against top clubs week in, week out. Pep Guardiola needs to know you can cut it.
“You learn about players character when the chips are down. Do you still do the right things when you are 3-0 down? Are you still working?
“I think he has a lot of good choices but I think Leeds would be best. He would get game time there next season.”
The Verdict: Avoid
If Leeds needs to guarantee minutes for a young player who will only be at Elland Road for a season, then it could be best to avoid a move completely.
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The Whites already have plenty of exciting youngsters coming through, including summer arrivals Darko Gyabi and Sonny Perkins, so including the pair with long-term futures in more match-day squads instead of signing McAtee for the season could be a more sensible move.
Sam Greenwood will also be able to provide a versatile option similar to McAtee and has first-team experience under his belt, so if no permanent deal is on the cards, it may well be the correct call to look elsewhere.
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