Dean Windass: Liverpool ace James Milner would go back to Leeds United
Dean Windass has tipped James Milner to potentially return to Leeds United in the summer transfer window when.
Milner, 35, will still have another year left on his contract at Liverpool come the end of this season but has only started 10 Premier League matches for the reigning Premier League champions.
The Leeds-born ace, who can play in a variety of positions, has been linked with a return to Elland Road in the past [Football Insider] and ex-Hull striker Windass claims it could be on the cards for this summer.
“Being a local lad, would he go back to Leeds? Yes, to end his career,” the pundit told FootballFanCast.
“But does he want to go back as a squad player, because that’s what he’d be? Bielsa, would he go, ‘come in, but you’re not going to play week in week out, but I need you in the changing room’.
“Does James want to continue playing for another two seasons? If so, it won’t be at Leeds United. He’d get into any Premier League team outside the top four because of his experience.
“I’ve known him for a long time, he’s teetotal the lad. You can tell by the way he’s lived his life and looked after himself.
“He might want to go back home to Yorkshire and enjoy his life, but he might want to go and play for another two seasons.”
Big-name for a big club?
Milner seems as though he’s been around in the Premier League forever.
The 35-year-old has made 560 top-flight appearances in England across spells at Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester City and current club Liverpool, playing over 100 times for each of them other than his hometown club.
The 61-times England international isn’t the same pacey young winger who the Whites had on their books all those moons ago as he now plays more as a central midfielder or a right-back.
And Leeds could do with added depth in each of those positions in the summer.
Luke Ayling has been superb for the Yorkshire club but if he got injured, who would we have to step in at right-back?
Our lack of depth in the centre of the midfield is also well-documented. Milner would no doubt be a superb addition to bring in some experience a squad that could be pushing for a top-half finish next season.
We do have some reservations about Milner.
He’ll turn 36 next January and it’s unlikely Marcelo Bielsa will fancy signing someone who would just seem to be a bit of a novelty. Let’s face it, would we want him if he wasn’t a former Leeds player?
In other Leeds United news, an Argentine journalist has ripped into Bielsa and Leeds despite the win against Manchester City.