Weston McKennie proving Leeds United wrong after Juventus development
Former Leeds United loanee Weston McKennie looks set to be offered a new contract by Juventus.
According to a report by Calciomercato on Wednesday (18 October), talks are now ongoing between McKennie and Juve over fresh terms.
It marks quite the turnaround for the USA international, who was seemingly unwanted by Massimiliano Allegri when loaned out in January.
McKennie struggled during his time at Elland Road in the second half of last season, so much so it was difficult to see him playing for Juve again.
Yet a couple of months into the 2023-24 campaign and the American is one of the most important players in the Italian giants’ ranks.
While he may only have one assist and no goals from eight Serie A outings this term, McKennie’s displays have earned him widespread praise.
McKennie’s turnaround in form will only infuriate Leeds fans even more given just how poor he was as the club sauntered to relegation.
Speaking on The American Dream podcast last month, the 25-year-old accepted he did not do enough to win over Leeds supporters.
That, McKennie said, was down to being wrongly utilised by four different managers across four months in West Yorkshire.
As frustrating as it is to say, he may well have a point. After all, Jesse Marsch pushed for his signing only to get sacked a week later.
The most annoying aspect is that, while McKennie is now rebuilding his career at Juve, Leeds are left to pick up the pieces in the Championship.
That is not to say McKennie is solely to blame for the club’s relegation, of course, but he is undoubtedly one of the poster boys of a season to forget.
If this news of a new contract at Juventus is anything to go by, though, then Leeds must accept some fault for not getting more out of him.
In other Leeds United news, a journalist has suggested a Daniel Farke regular may be left out of the side to face Norwich City.