By Saikat Mandal

4th Jun, 2022 | 6:10am

Leeds United must ditch plans for Morgan Gibbs-White, Takumi Minamino better option

Leeds United are looking to add a quality attacking midfielder to their ranks this summer, and based on reports, it seems, they are prepared to spend big to land the right candidate. 

The obvious question is – who is the right candidate? 

Tyler Roberts can’t be trusted, and an upgrade is needed. He is as best a decent squad player. Leeds need quality in that position. 

According to a report from The Athletic, the Whites are keen on Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White, who has been valued at around £20million. 

The 22-year-old has enjoyed a spectacular 2021-22 campaign, on loan at Sheffield United, where he scored 12 goals and registered 10 assists. 

A versatile midfielder capable of playing up front and also in the no 10 role, he looks an ideal fit under Jesse Marsch. 

Luring him away won’t be difficult, as he is dithering on extending his stay at Wolves. 

But, Marsch should look to sign Takumi Minamino from Liverpool instead. 

Right now, Leeds need some experienced heads who can make an instant impact on the side, after a disastrous 2021-22 campaign, where they narrowly survived a relegation scare. 

Liverpool are looking for a mass clear-out, and they have slapped a price tag of around £17million for the Japan international. It could be negotiated [The Atheltic]. 

Minamino hasn’t played enough in the Premier League, managing only one start, but one has to understand that it’s not always easy to break into a star-studded side that has a quartet of world-class players in Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota. 

Add Roberto Firmino to the list, and you would understand, how difficult it is for Minamino to cement his position on the side. 

He has gained experience in the Premier League and has always done well whenever he was given the opportunity. He was hailed as “top class” by Jurgen Klopp [Goal] after his superb performance in the FA Cup win over Norwich City. 

Minamino has proved that given an opportunity, he can be a lethal weapon. He can play as a central attacking midfielder, and across all three positions up front. Plus, he can also be used as a striker if needed. 

His attitude and work ethic is admirable, and at 27, he is fast approaching the peak of his career. This is the perfect time to get him, and if used properly, he can be a cult hero at the club.

In other Leeds United news, Premier League rivals are looking to take advantage of the situation and flex their much larger financial muscles.