Leeds United could reignite their interest in a move for Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien in the future.
That’s according to former Leeds midfielder Carlton Palmer, who says the club are likely to still be monitoring the 22-year-old going forward.
With Leeds searching for midfield cover for Kalvin Phillips, the Whites were heavily linked with a move for O’Brien during the summer.
However, now move to take O’Brien to Elland Road materialised, with Huddersfield chairman Phil Hodgkinson claiming his club rejected a bid worth up to £13million from Leeds for the midfielder.
Now though, it seems Palmer believes that while a deal for O’Brien did not happen this summer, Leeds’ interest in the midfieder will not be done yet.
Speaking about the prospect of Leeds making another move for O’Brien in the future, Palmer told Football Fan Cast: “Yeah, for sure. You identify a player, but you don’t always get the player at the time. I remember when I signed for Leeds United, Howard Wilkinson told me he was tracking me for nearly three seasons before he was actually able to sign me and that’s the way it goes sometimes.
“You keep your scouts watching him, make sure he’s performing, make sure he’s the player that’s going to fit into the system that you want and then you test the water again at the appropriate time.”
There is less than a year remaining on O’Brien’s current contract with Huddersfield, although the club do have the option of extending that deal by a further 12 months.
It would seem to make sense for Leeds to revisit their interest in O’Brien further down the line.
In the end, Leeds did not bring in any midfielder during the transfer window, so that cover for Phillips is something they still need to add to that squad.
O’Brien is still an affordable option who ought to be capable of filling that role in Bielsa’s side, if he is given the chance to do so.
As a result, you would imagine that Palmer’s suggestion Leeds will be continuing to monitor the midfielder going forward, will not be too far off the mark.