Leeds United are looking into a move to sign Manchester City’s James McAtee on a permanent deal.
Leeds’ close monitoring of youth players in previous windows has been a hugely profitable avenue since promotion.
It’s set to continue this summer too with a host of names being linked, with one of those being James McAtee.
A teenager with the Premier League champions, McAtee is highly rated at his club, but Leeds are looking to take the attacking midfielder permanently.
“I think McAtee is one that Leeds will look at permanently. They’re partial to that kind of deal. We saw them sign Lewis Bate from Chelsea, that kind of high potential youngster that they’re willing to invest in, although it hasn’t quite worked out yet.”
Here, we look at one winner and one loser at Leeds if they were to bring in McAtee on a permanent deal…
Winner: Jack Harrison
With Leeds’ push to add more depth to the side, it means that Jack Harrison will likely have more chance to rest.
It would be expected that Leeds bring in another attacking midfielder of definite starting quality, especially if Raphinha leaves.
Harrison has been one of the main indispensable players at Leeds since he joined, but having a player behind him in the pecking order that is capable of stepping up will be really beneficial to him.
Having that chance of rest would do him the world of good, while also having real competition for places too.
Do Leeds need another attacking midfielder?
Loser: Crysencio Summerville
The loser here is the man that would be battling for involvement alongside McAtee.
Summerville could have easily left in January, and could still leave on loan this summer with clubs circling, but he ought to be part of this squad.
He has been too good for more youth football, and deserves his chance.
That said, McAtee’s possible arrival would have Leeds blessed with more options and another gem to give minutes to.
The new implementation of five subs means that both could very easily feature each week, but Summerville might have more problems getting up the pecking order.