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Leeds: Gabby Agbonahor reacts to Takumi Minamino links

Leeds: Gabby Agbonahor reacts to Takumi Minamino links -Leeds United News

Former Premier League striker Gabby Agbonlahor has reacted to reports linking Leeds United with a move for Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino. 

The lowdown: Wanted man

Signed from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020 after the Reds met a £7.25m release clause (Sky Sports), Minamino arrived in England with a growing reputation as a talented creator, having impressed under current Whites boss Jesse Marsch in the Champions League.

However, things didn’t quite go to plan on Merseyside for the Japan international, who was sent out on loan to Southampton for the second half of the 2020/21 campaign.

After another season of predominantly taking a watching brief at Anfield, Minamino could now be on the move amidst interest from Wolves, AS Monaco, Southampton, Fulham and indeed Leeds.

The latest: Agbonlahor has his say

Speaking to Football Insider, regular talkSPORT pundit Agbonlahor suggested that the Whites would almost certainly benefit from the capture of the 41-cap winger.

The former Aston Villa striker said: “When I watched him at Salzburg when he played that one game against Liverpool he looked really good. Liverpool just bought him after that one game. At Liverpool, he’s not really kicked on, but maybe the pressure of Liverpool, we’ve seen it with the likes of [Christian] Benteke, can get to players.

“If he went somewhere like Leeds you would see more out of him. If Jesse Marsch knows him well then it could work. It will be interesting. We know how hard it is to get players so if they know they can get one they might go for it.”

The verdict: Could be ideal for Leeds

Seemingly destined for a fresh start this summer, reuniting Minamino with Marsch would likely be a superb move for all parties as Victor Orta attempts to bolster the Elland Road squad and the Japanese forward looks to rekindle a stalling career.

Hailed for an ‘amazing’ goalscoring performance against Southampton in the latter part of an exhausting 2021/22 season by Liverpool team-mate Joel Matip, the decorated 27-year-old has also had his praises sung highly by Jurgen Klopp during what has been a stop-start spell at Anfield.

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Last season, Minamino directly contributed to 11 goals in 24 outings across all competitions, operating across the entire frontline and also an attacking midfield role. He would duly offer unrivalled versatility in the attacking department, and that would be a huge positive for Marsch’s options in attack, which have been quite sparse at times in recent months.

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