MOT View: Interest in reported target only makes sense if Leeds miss out on promotion
Leeds United are interested in making a summer move for West Ham United midfielder Josh Cullen, according to the Daily Mail.
It is suggested that the Republic of Ireland international is also wanted by Premier League duo Norwich and Bournemouth, as well as West Brom.
According to the report, interested clubs are encouraged by the fact that the Hammers are yet to agree a new contract past the end of next season.
Cullen is currently on loan at Charlton Athletic and has caught the eye under the management of former White Lee Bowyer.
The 23-year-old has been a pivot for the Addicks in midfield, completing 1.5 key passes per game according to WhoScored as they rely on his creativity.
With West Brom and Leeds having a real potential of going up to the Premier League and replacing Norwich and Bournemouth, they could have the upper hand in negotiations.
Cullen may have impressed for the Championship strugglers, but when you compare him to the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich via WhoScored, it is hard to see where many minutes would come for him at Elland Road.
As expected, Phillips top the charts in regards to defensive actions and passing – the 24-year-old making more passes whilst completing more tackles and interceptions in every game.
Klich, admittedly the most-attacking of the three also averages more shots on goal and dribbles – something which raises the questions where would Cullen fit in?
There is an expectation amongst everyone that if Leeds somehow miss out on promotion, Phillips will leave West Yorkshire. If that happens, Cullen could be a great replacement, and that is the only aspect where this move would make sense.
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