Leeds United have been linked to Fikayo Tomori and former Scotland manager Alex McLeish has given his views on whether this would be a good signing for the club.
McLeish’s thoughts on Tomori
Speaking to Football Insider, he responded to a question on whether signing a player from within the division is the answer to Leeds’ defensive woes: “It can be, it can be – I’ve done it in the past as well.
“Tomori could come in from Chelsea, a big name, which players will look up to. Although he’s not a household name as such, because he’s not played that many times for Chelsea, he has had all that schooling at that club.
“He’s played in the first team, he’s played with absolutely fantastic players and I would say that somebody like that, getting his career going again, coming to Leeds, I’m sure he would be absolutely determined to get his career on the move again.”
Tomori could be a solid signing
Last season, the 22 year-old impressed in his 15 Premier League appearances for Chelsea. He managed 1.9 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 2.8 clearances a game (WhoScored). This shows that he was very good at breaking up opposition attacks at the back. However he has struggled for game time this season, only featuring three times.
With Robin Koch and Gaetano Berardi on the sidelines for the foreseeable the defence is a huge issue for Marcelo Bielsa and it would be much less of a risk if the club went for someone like Tomori on loan rather than a defender from another league who may or may not adjust.
A loan would be a good idea as well, because they can decide whether to pursue him permanently and see if he fits when the injured players return.
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