By Azeem Siddiqui

19th Jun, 2022 | 9:10am

Leeds United signing James McAtee would be great business

Leeds United signing Manchester City youngster James McAtee would be an excellent move for the club this summer transfer window.

The club are finding out possibilities to bring the Premier League champions’ midfielder to Elland Road before the start of the 2022/23 season, according to The Athletic.

The report suggest that the Peacocks are keen on making including him in a potential deal to take Whites star Kalvin Phillips the other direction.

The teenager secured impressive performances for the England and City under-23s before making his debut for his club’s first-team under Pep Guardiola in the 2021 EFL Cup.

Jesse Marsch is said to be a massive fan of the teenager and wants to integrate him into his attacking plans as soon as possible.

Future of England and Premier League

Considering the way in which Manchester City have produced so many good young players in the past few years, they would be very disappointed to see McAtee going to another English club.

In the recently-concluded u23 season with the Citizens, the 19-year-old scored 18 goals and provided seven assists in 23 appearances.

He played 85% of the overall minutes for the Manchester City u23s and contributed to 38% of the goals [Transfermarkt].

The teenager likes to operate as an attacking midfielder but can also play in a 4-3-3 formation as an advanced midfielder.

His presence in the box and the way in which he operates around the attacking channels is reminiscent of Frank Lampard and the way he used to have an eye for goal.

Scoring 18 goals in a season from midfield at any level is an unbelievable accomplishment, so it shows that the player has a tremendous ceiling and will only improve by getting first-team minutes at Leeds.

It remains to be seen how Marsch integrates the young midfielder into his plans if he manages to sign the player.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are in pursuit of this £50,000-a-week forward who’s available for just £3.4million.