Leeds United should swallow their pride and make a January move for Bayer Leverkusen outcast Nadiem Amiri
In terms of probabilities, there is arguably a greater chance of hell freezing over than there is of Leeds United deciding to go back in for Bayer Leverkusen’s attacking midfielder Nadiem Amiri.
If you were a Leeds supporter, the only way you could have missed the absolute fiasco surrounding this summer story is if you were living under a rock.
A quick refresh. A deal for the 26-year-old appeared all but done, so much so that Leeds funded a private jet to fly him over and have a look around Thorp Arch.
Then, out of nowhere, the goalposts were moved, the deal fell through, Amiri was left to find his own way home, and supporters were left – understandably so – with a less than favourable opinion of a player who never even pulled on the shirt.
Steer well clear in the future then surely?
Well…well what if maybe not? You see, according to Bild journalist Phillip Arens, Leverkusen would likely do business in January given he has only five minutes of Bundesliga game time to his name this season and was omitted from their Europa League squad.
Speaking to LeedsLive (19 October), he said: “His agent was in contact with Leeds. Amiri was also there to hold talks. But after his yes, there was a no, then a yes and another no,” he said.
“For the Europa League roster he was not nominated, which can be interpreted as a reaction by Leverkusen, because the club was not happy about the rollercoaster saga with Leeds,”
“If a club makes an offer, Lev would sell him, because in summer he brings nothing. [The] only way would be an extension, but I don‘t see this.”
It seems outlandish, foolish maybe, to suggest that business could still be done here. But Daniel Farke clearly fancies him as a player, and while he may have had reservations about being in the Championship before he might now have a different opinion given things at Leeds are now a little more settled.
He could add a little attacking guile in midfielder at a crucial time post-Christmas, and might be available now at a significantly reduced price.
Funnier things have happened in football, Leeds fans after all know about strange things happening in the game. A gamble it might be but maybe, just maybe, Leeds should swallow their pride and go back in for him in January.
In other Leeds United news, Farke is set to welcome two players back to his squad to face Norwich City this weekend.