Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch will work with Victor Orta in the hope of enjoying a successful first transfer window at Elland Road this summer.
The former RB Leipzig manager has yet to get a chance to bring in his own players since arriving to replace Marcelo Bielsa in February and will now plan possible moves ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
Leeds Live recently published an article indicating that bringing in a central midfielder will be the club’s top priority as they look to bolster their options in that area of the pitch, with Manchester United’s James Garner and Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara named as potential options.
The whites have not signed a player permanently in that position for more than four years, with Adam Forshaw being the last to walk through the door, back in January 2018.
That shows that the club has neglected that part of the squad in recent years. Mateusz Klich and Forshaw have averaged disappointing SofaScore ratings of 6.69 and 6.73 respectively this term and have failed to deliver consistently at the top flight in midfield.
So now is the time for Orta to solve that longstanding problem by acquiring Garner from the Red Devils in a permanent deal.
Should Leeds sign Garner?
The 21-year-old has drawn acclaim throughout the season for his impressive form on loan at Nottingham Forest. he has been nicknamed “different class” by team-mate Jack Colback, while former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson showered him with praise, saying: “Garner has been exceptional at Forest. It is an example of why players are loaned out.
“He can play at the highest level and I think he has shown that at Forest. I don’t think he will go directly to the Man United side, but I think there is a first-team role for him and he will appear next season.”
In the Championship, Garner has averaged a sublime 7.23 SofaScore rating in 34 appearances. He has contributed four goals and five assists from midfield while making 3.2 tackles and interceptions per game as he turned heads in a box-to-box role.
This suggests that the 21-year-old has the potential to make the move to the Premier League, having excelled at the second tier, and has the scope to develop further at his young age.
He has time ahead of him to improve and grow as a player to produce consistent performances in the top flight, in the same way that he has been able to do so in the Championship, which is why Leeds simply must sign him this summer.
Orta must sign him to make him a key part of Marsch’s Leeds midfield next season and for many years to come, in the process resolving his long-standing problem at that position.
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