Leeds United’s transfer window is beginning to heat up with a permanent deal for Kiko Casilla looming on the imminent horizon, but recent reports linking the Whites with more than one young winger suggests the Spanish goalkeeper will not be the only new addition this month.
Indeed, Marcelo Bielsa’s injury crisis and the departures of both Samu Saiz and Lewis Baker have left Leeds short of strength in depth in midfield, and the present circumstances have presumably influenced their interest in Swansea City’s Daniel James (as per Yorkshire Evening Post).
But, with only a few months experience at senior level, there are certainly questions to be asked regarding James’ credentials to join the Championship pace setters this month.
With that said, it is no surprise that James is not the only candidate on Leeds’ shortlist, according to Sky Sports journalist Tim Thornton, who, via his Twitter account, has claimed they are also looking into the possibility of signing Bristol City’s Callum O’Dowda this month.
I understand Leeds are looking into Bristol City winger Callum O’Dowda as an option as they pursue a new winger #lufc
— Tim Thornton (@SkySports_Tim) January 15, 2019
In comparison with James, O’Dowda is significantly more experienced. Bristol City’s left-sided midfielder has 15 caps for the Republic of Ireland and has played 80 times in the Championship, and his experience in this regard could give him the edge over James as Leeds look to secure the services of a new winger.
His return of two goals and four assists from 22 appearances this season is a modest return for the 23-year-old, but there is more to O’Dowda’s game which those statistics cannot reveal.
O’Dowda is a relentlessly hard worker who endeavours to win the ball back for his side when they are not in possession, something which Bielsa’s philosophy demands and expects from the forward players.
To further enhance his case for a switch to Leeds United, O’Dowda can regularly be seen collecting the ball both in central areas and on the touchline before bypassing his opposite number with imperious swagger.
The finer aspects of his game, including composure in and around the penalty area, are certainly in need of improvement, but he possesses the raw talent to thrive at Elland Road and there is certainly a case to be made which argues he is a superior option to the inexperienced James.
And, with his contract with the Robins set to expire in June, he should be available at an incredibly attractive price this month.
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