The Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern were absolutely delighted to welcome Marco Bielsa to Elland Road last week following weeks of speculation, and they are hoping the Argentine will waste no time in the transfer market during the coming weeks.
Bielsa has plenty of signings to make if he wishes to build a squad who are capable of challenging for promotion next season, especially in central midfield where Leeds were short of quality at times during the previous campaign. Leeds-born Kalvin Phillips was an ever-present at the heart of the Whites’ midfield last season whilst predominantly operating in a deeper-lying role.
Phillips was rather inconsistent with his form, although he did show signs of attacking quality by scoring 7 goals and providing 3 assists throughout the campaign. However, he struggled to deal with the pace of the game at times and was guilty of committing plenty of fouls throughout the season, so Leeds should sign a more experienced player to slot into the midfield next season, namely Jack Colback (valued at £3.15 million by Transfermarkt).
According to The Chronicle, Nottingham Forest are interested in signing the 28-year-old midfielder this summer after he enjoyed a successful loan spell with the club during the second-half of the 2017/18 season. Colback installed solidity into the Tricky Trees’ midfield and played 90 minutes in all but one of 17 games during his spell with the club.
With Forest also searching for promotion back to the Premier League, it’s no surprise they are interested in re-signing Colback this summer. Although Forest will have the upper hand in the race for Colback’s signature, Leeds should hijack their bid in order to bolster their options in midfield.
Colback is by no means a player who will inject an abundance of creativity or spark into Leeds’ performances, but he will bring composure in possession and a reliable shield to the back-four which should allow the rest of their midfield players to move forward and express creative qualities in the final-third.
Considering Colback should be available on the cheap this summer, Leeds would be foolish not to sign him to challenge Phillips for a starting berth before Forest swoop in and secure a bargain acquisition.
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