With just a few hours remaining to complete permanent deals, the pressure is on Marcelo Bielsa and the rest of Leeds United’s hierarchy as they attempt to finalise at least one deal before 5pm, but a recent report suggests they should be attempting to complete an audacious loan swoop rather than a permanent deal.
According to a recent report from Sky Sports, Huddersfield are interested in signing Manchester City playmaker Patrick Roberts on loan before the window slams shut.
The 21-year-old right-winger who is also capable of playing in a creative number ten role has spent the majority of his senior career at Celtic, but with Daniel Arzani reportedly on his way to Celtic Park it seems unlikely that he will return once again this summer.
Naturally, Leeds have until the end of August to complete a loan deal, but with the Terriers showing an interest in Roberts they will need to move quickly in order to secure his services.
The fact Huddersfield can offer Premier League football will certainly give them an advantage over Leeds, but the promise of regular first-team opportunities under Bielsa would certainly give Roberts a tricky decision to make.
When cutting in from the right-wing Roberts possesses both the incisive range of passing and dazzling dribbling ability to carve open the opposition in the final-third, and his flair would certainly offer a fresh dynamic to Leeds in their bid to achieve promotion this season.
Time is running out for Leeds to secure the signature of a player who seems to have no future at Manchester City despite his impressive performances during his spell north of the border with Celtic, so Bielsa should take note of the situation and rival Huddersfield’s interest before David Wagner convinces him to move to the John Smith’s Stadium.
And if Huddersfield are unable to conclude a deal before the 5pm deadline, Bielsa should ensure that he uses his links with Pep Guardiola to secure his signature before the loan deadline passes at the end of August.
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