While Leeds have done very well to address key issues in the first-team this month, one eye has remained on the strength of the under-21s.
Max Dean, Leo Hjelde, Alfie McCalmont have all departed from the under-21 side for permanent and loan deals respectively, while Michael Skubala’s side could always do with an injection of more talent.
The summer saw Leeds target two signings to bring in then-West Ham talent Sonny Perkins and Birmingham City’s George Hall – per The Athletic – with the Whites only landing the former of the two.
Since then, the Blues teenager Hall has made 18 appearances, scoring and assisting one apiece in the league before a calf injury has kept him out since.
Will Leeds sign a midfielder before the January deadline?
Perhaps this setback for Hall is what has stopped Leeds from heavily pursuing an agreement this month, but they have now been given a warning by Birmingham veteran striker and captain Troy Deeney who spoke last week, on Ben Foster’s Podcast: Fozcast, about the midfielder’s talents:
“We’ve got George Hall, who I think is going to be a player by the way.
“I’ve warned about five or six other teams that I know, like Nobes (Mark Noble) at West Ham, like get this kid now, he’s only 18 but he’s mustard mate.”
Leeds work well in trying to sign key talent before they emerge as real prospects for the rest of the Premier League to target, and that window looks to be shrinking with Hall.
Football Insider reported that Leeds were looking to line up a bid of £3million plus add-ons for the midfielder this month, which is yet to materialise as of yet.
Should word spread about the calibre of player the Championship side have, then it won’t be long before a bidding war commences, which would mean an opportunity missed for Leeds.