Leeds United have now seen a bid rejected for Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien, according to Football Insider.
O’Brien has been a target for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in recent weeks, with Football Insider previously reporting that both parties were holding preliminary talks over a potential deal for the 22-year-old.
The midfielder made 42 appearances in all competitions for Huddersfield Town last season, but is believed to be keen on a move to Elland Road this summer.
It remains to be seen as to what the Championship club’s valuation of the midfielder is at this stage, with it also remaining unclear as to whether Leeds will come back with a second offer for his services heading towards the 2021/22 campaign.
Football Insider report from a Whites source that the Terriers have rejected Leeds’ opening bid for O’Brien, with this development breaking on Thursday morning.
O’Brien has been with Huddersfield Town’s first-team since coming through their academy ranks in 2018, and it’s fair to say he’s gone on to make a good impression with the Terriers.
Carlos Corberan’s side endured a frustrating league campaign last term, as they finished 20th in the Championship table, narrowly avoiding relegation into the third tier of English football.
O’Brien was one of the few players to come away with credit to their name in that campaign though, with an average Whoscored rating of 6.81 from the 2020/21 season.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Leeds come back in with another bid for O’Brien.
He’s a player who has shown that he can perform to a good enough standard in the Championship, but will that translate to the top flight?
Callum Woods played alongside O’Brien in a loan spell with Bradford City in the 2019/19 season, and issued high-praise for the 22-year-old, labelling him as ‘powerful’ in an interview with Yorkshire Live, so he shouldn’t struggle with the physicality and pace of the Premier League.
“He’s come on a lot but you could always see his qualities. Technically he’s very good, he’s got a great engine, he’s strong, he’s powerful, he can get forward, he likes a tackle at times as well.
“He can actually do anything and he’s the sort of player who can actually go higher as well I think.”
An interesting few weeks await Leeds fans, as judging by their recent pre-season showing against Dutch side Ajax, improvement is certainly needed, and having competition for places in midfield could be the ideal situation to have for Marcelo Bielsa heading into the new Premier League season.
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