Leeds United will be in the market for a central midfielder in the summer, and a number of players are already being tipped.
Marcelo Bielsa has called upon Mateusz Klich, Tyler Roberts, Rodrigo, Jamie Shackleton and Stuart Dallas this season to play in central midfield.
The issue here is that only two of those players are natural to the position, and it’s something that ought to be addressed.
More strength in depth is needed in the summer and there isn’t a shortage of central midfielders who fit the bill.
Chelsea’s out-on-loan midfielder Conor Gallagher has shone over the past two seasons and is currently showing his worth in the Premier League with West Brom.
The Baggies look likely to face relegation this season and Gallagher will be tasked with finding a new club.
Having previously been linked with a move to Elland Road, Noel Whelan believes he could be a player that Leeds target in the summer.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if there was a queue of Premier League clubs after him if West Brom get relegated in the summer.” He said to Football Insider.
“I saw the class in him last season in the Championship. I could see what a good player he was going to be. He’s got bravery on the ball, great turn of pace, strength, good eye for a pass, he’s always involved.
“That’s what I like about the player. Even though he is young, he’s very much in the mould of Mason Mount. He’s got that kind of attitude where he wants to be the star, the next Mount, he wants to be the player who gets hold of the game and is always making things happen.
“He’s brave, he makes himself available, he’s got no fear. That’s the way it should be.
“That’s really impressive for someone as young as that, especially given where they are in the league. There’s a lot of pressure on players in those situations in every single game.
“If they go down, there will be a queue for his signature and hopefully Leeds United will be looking at him as well because he’s a great player.”
Gallagher certainly looks like a player destined for big things in the Premier League.
It’s easier to stand out in a midfield lacking much quality outside of Matheus Pereira, but he’s proving he can cut it at this level.
Whether or not Chelsea will be willing to sell is another debate, but there’s no harm in testing the waters with him.
He’s got an eye for goal and plays with the level of energy required to make the cut under Marcelo Bielsa.