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Gabby Agbonlahor makes Jack Grealish, Rodrigo comparison as he issues Leeds United transfer claim

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Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed Leeds United need an attacking midfielder in a similar mould to Jack Grealish.

Leeds are struggling to create at the moment thanks to a host of key players being out and a dangerously thin squad.

January will be crucial for Marcelo Bielsa if he’s to get the best out of his side and stave off relegation.

Ask any Leeds fan about what is needed in the new year and the cast majority will say an attacking midfielder would go a long way.

It’s difficult to find the right calibre of player for a good price in the middle of the season, but some players have already presented themselves.

Leeds have tried to convert Rodrigo and Tyler Roberts into attacking midfielders, but both have shown they aren’t natural to the position.

Having a player with the natural quality to create and score chances out of nothing would be gold dust in this team, as Raphinha has shown, and pundit Gabby Agbonlahor believes so too.

Speaking to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa man pointed to how he wants to see Leeds attack the January window:

“They need a striker, they need a winger, they need a number 10.

“Since I’ve watched Leeds in the Premier League they’ve never had a number 10 who can get on the ball, make something happen thread a pass. That’s what they need.

“Rodrigo, that’s not his game and he’s injured. I watched him before at Valencia and he’s a striker, not a number 10.

“A number 10 is a player like Jack Grealish, James Maddison or Emile Smith Rowe. That’s what I’m talking about.”

For once, I am sort of on board with Agbonlahor’s Leeds United analysis.

We need an attacking midfielder that can conjure magic on their own and create chances through the middle, akin to those players he cited.

The issue is with this, that it’s going to be extremely hard for us to find that sort of player in January when we’ve not got millions upon millions to spend.

Rodrigo is more a striker than he is a number 10 and I think our 18-month experiment on that question has proven this point.

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