West Ham suffered their first setback of the season against Swansea on Tuesday night as they were held to a draw thanks to a brace from Oli McBurnie.
In what was a very competitive game, Swansea’s midfield swarmed all over Leeds which forced Marcelo Bielsa into an early change.
In Bielsa’s system, he likes to have one holding midfielder (Kalvin Phillips) who can shield the defence and allow his other midfielder, in this case, Mateusz Klich to push forward and support the attack.
In Phillips’ case, he didn’t have a great game for Leeds against Swansea and with that in mind, Bielsa should be looking at someone who can come in and play in midfield.
According to the Daily Mail, West Ham are interested in sending youngster Reece Oxford out on loan and Leeds should be targeting him.
With the loan window still open, Leeds could well do some business before the end of the window although Bielsa concluded that Leeds don’t need any more defenders.
While Oxford primarily plays as a centreback, the 19-year-old can also play as a defensive midfielder as seen by his impressive debut against Arsenal a few years ago.
Since he made his debut for the Hammers, Oxford has fallen down the pecking order at West Ham but is still one of the best young talents in English football.
From a Leeds perspective, under Bielsa’s intense and high-energy style of play, it’s unlikely that all of the squad will remain injury free throughout the season and Oxford could be a quality addition in midfield.
Leeds fans – thoughts?