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Leeds United simply must pursue 18-year-old EFL starlet despite 2022 failed bid – View

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Birmingham City midfielder George Hall had a strong breakout season in the Championship in 2022/23, and Leeds United ought to be re-igniting their interest.

The Whites are likely to already have some irons in the fire when it comes to summer transfers, even though Victor Orta left the club earlier in the month.

Head of emerging talent Craig Dean has remained, meaning the club are likely to continue pursuing young domestic players, including 2022 summer target George Hall from Birmingham City.

Leeds had a bid rejected last summer, while it was reported that Leeds held interest in him in January too, before he stayed put at St Andrew’s for the rest of the season.

The 18-year-old has since spoken about his future, as he said this to BirminghamLive:

“I’m not really focusing on that. Whatever happens, happens. I am happy at Blues and that is where my focus is.”

Here, we look at two reasons why Leeds need to pursue a move for the talented teenager…

Leeds need to bulk up their midfield options

After a full year of Championship football, Hall would not be moving to Leeds (in either division) looking to drop back into youth football.

He might take some time to adjust to a better standard of club, but the midfielder is likely to be a first-team option very quickly if Leeds did pursue this transfer.

Such a signing would be a big boost to the options that we have available next season, given the lack of depth this term.

One injury seems to completely stunt our midfield quality, and having more long-term strength in depth is going to be key.

It’s hard to rely on a teenager right away, but the reviews about him from his teammate Troy Deeney say a lot.

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Someone else will end up poaching him

The whole reason we have an emerging talent scout in Dean is to identify these sorts of players before they make their breakthrough.

In Hall, Leeds wanted to sign him last summer, and will now likely face a big battle if they want to get him this time around after a full season of EFL football under his belt.

Liverpool have been cited with interest in the teenager this season too, so that already shows you that the player’s performances this season have made an impression on Premier League clubs.

If Leeds don’t move quick, they will miss out, and potentially live to regret it with his development.

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