The Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club will appoint an experienced manager in the coming weeks and sign a handful of players to boost their chances of promotion.
The departure of Paul Heckingbottom has dominated the pub talk among the Whites faithful propping up our bar in recent days, but they are beginning to turn their attention to their activity in the transfer market with speculation regarding Abel Hernandez beginning to intensify. After a fine goal-scoring season for the Uruguayan, the Leeds supporters are understandably excited by the prospect of signing him this summer.
However, the arrival of a new midfield talent will be necessary to ensure that Hernandez receives the service he needs to thrive at the club next season, so Andrea Radrizzani should turn his attention towards a young winger who should be available this summer, namely Marcus Edwards of Tottenham Hotspur. According to The Guardian, Edwards – once dubbed as a ‘mini Messi’ by Mauricio Pochettino – has reluctantly accepted that he will not receive an opportunity to thrive in the first-team next season.
The right-winger endured a miserable loan spell at Norwich last season and returned early to North London with his tail between his legs after making just 1 appearance during a 3 month spell. Although Edwards struggled to break into the first-team at Norwich, Leeds should be willing to take a chance on a young player who has shown immense promise throughout his development at international and club youth level.
According to a report from the Daily Telegraph back in April, Edwards has problems with his mentality, accepting authority and timekeeping, and those reasons contributed to his unsuccessful spell with the Canaries. Naturally, this should represent a genuine cause for concern for any potential suitors, but if Leeds are willing to invest patience and time into his development the rewards could be massive next season and in the years to come.
With the rare ability to drive at his opposite number with the ball glued to his left-foot, Edwards possesses the technical ability to tear up Championship defences next season, providing he is offered appropriate guidance and support to improve his mental attributes along the way.
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