Leeds United are reportedly in talks with Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien over a move to Elland Road this summer.
The Lowdown: O’Brien impresses for Huddersfield
O’Brien has caught the eye for the Terriers in recent times, standing out in the middle of the park last season.
The 22-year-old started 39 of his side’s 46 Championship matches, chipping in with three goals and three assists from midfield for good measure.
The Latest: Leeds source drops news
According to Football Insider, Leeds are keen on signing O’Brien as an alternative to Conor Gallagher, who has moved to Crystal Palace on loan.
A Leeds source told the outlet that ‘preliminary discussions’ have taken place over a move for the youngster, who has a total of 80 Championship appearances to his name already.
O’Brien is out of contract at Huddersfield next summer, so they may be willing to accept a fee for him this year, in order to avoid losing him for nothing next term.
The Verdict: Interesting signing
While O’Brien admittedly has no Premier League experience to date, it is exciting to see Marcelo Bielsa, Victor Orta and co taking a liking to a second-tier player – let’s not forget that most of Bielsa’s current squad are the same group who performed so admirably in the Championship.
The Leeds boss may feel that the Huddersfield man is someone who can bring quality, energy and squad depth to his squad based on his showings last term.
O’Brien averaged an impressive two tackles per game in the Championship last season, highlighting his off-the-ball work and showing that he could be an able deputy to Kalvin Phillips.
To put that number into context, Phillips was the only Leeds midfielder to register more tackles per game at Elland Road last season, so O’Brien would definitely add some bite through the spine of the team.
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