By Ryan Darby

9th Dec, 2020 | 3:30pm

'He could leave in January' - Pundit suggests Leeds may become new home for free-scoring ace

Andy Halliday believes that Leeds United and Elland Road could be the ideal destination for in-form Rangers defender James Tavernier.

Speaking on Open Goal, the former Rangers man, now pundit, posed the idea that Tavernier could make the move to join Marcelo Bielsa’s side following his incredible form this season.

Halliday likened Tavernier to Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, saying: “Defensively there have been questions, fair enough. But his numbers alone – Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best in the world but I don’t think he’s a great defender. They’re both modern-day full-backs.

“It needs to be the right team for Tav. See if it was like a West Brom, backs against the wall – that won’t suit him. But it is my biggest fear that he could leave in January. I think like a Leeds or something.”

The Rangers captain is enjoying a fantastic campaign for Steven Gerrard’s side, scoring an incredible 16 goals and registering 11 assists in all competitions.

Perfect for Bielsa’s Leeds

While there have not been any rumours of a potential move to sign Tavernier, it is also not hard to imagine him lining up in this Leeds United side.

Luke Ayling’s overlapping runs down the right flank have become one of the Whites’ signature moves during Bielsa’s time at the club, so a defender with the attacking nature of Tavernier could settle in quite quickly.

According to Wyscout, Tavernier is averaging 6.04 crosses per 90 minutes in the Scottish Premiership this season, compared to Ayling’s 3.31 in the Premier League.

The 29-year-old is also averaging more progressive runs, dribbles and passes into the penalty area when compared to Ayling, as per Wyscout.

While that does not necessarily qualify him as an immediate upgrade on Ayling given the sizeable disparity between the Scottish top flight and the Premier League, it is also not hard to picture him slotting into this Bielsa team going forward.

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