Leeds United maintained their unbeaten start to the Championship season following a 2-2 draw away to Swansea.
The Whites made a blistering start to life under Marcelo Bielsa, picking up wins over Stoke, Derby and Rotherham to move top of the table. However, Oli McBurnie was in fine form for the Swans and scored twice in the first half. Kemar Roofe got one back before former Swansea winger Pablo Hernandez levelled the score with ten minutes remaining to earn a point for his side.
No-one would have expected the Leeds squad to adapt so quickly to Bielsa’s philosophy and the football they’re playing is a joy to watch. The odds on Leeds lifting the Championship title have been slashed following their excellent start and the Elland Road faithful will be optimistic of finally securing a return to the Premier League. Despite the transfer window closing, EFL clubs can still sign players on loan and Bielsa would be wise to seek further additions to cement their title ambitions.
One man he could target is West Ham wonderkid – Reece Oxford. Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the 19-year-old joined the Hammers at age 13 and sat on the bench in a League Cup game when he was only 15-years-old back in 2014. Oxford was tipped to have a bright future for club and country but hasn’t been given a chance to impress in the first-team yet. He was loaned to Borussia Monchengladbach last season. However, he made just eight appearances in a disappointing spell where he failed to make his mark.
Oxford desperately needs first-team football and Leeds could offer him the chance to grow and develop in a tough competitive league. The youngster would give Bielsa a quality option in defence in what promises to be a tough, gruelling campaign. The England U20 international is also comfortable in defensive midfield and would slot perfectly into the Argentine’s 4-1-4-1 formation.
This deal should be a no-brainer for the Whites.
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