MOT View: Jesse Marsch could solidify Leeds United midfield by signing Manchester United's Scott McTominay
Leeds United could solidify their midfield for the remainder of the campaign by signing Manchester United’s Scott McTominay this month.
The Whites have been busy this month, completing the signings of Maximilian Wober [LUFC, 3 January] from Red Bull Salzburg, and yesterday announced the completed [14 January] club-record deal for TSG Hoffenheim striker Georginio Rutter in the region of £36million.
Jesse Marsch’s men find themselves in an uncertain position in the Premier League table, following Friday’s defeat to Aston Villa, sitting in 14th place just two points above the relegation place.
And the American boss will undoubtedly be on the lookout for more signings this month, hoping to steer his side away from the relegation places.
And the ideal man to aid him in his ambitions could well be Manchester United’s McTominay.
The Whites have been linked with the Scottish international previously, with 90Min [13 January] reporting that the club are one of several Premier League clubs battling for his services, although approaches have been knocked back with Erik ten Hag wanting to keep the midfielder at Old Trafford.
However, things can change in football, and with the player’s lack of game-time due to new signing Casemiro’s form, the 26-year-old could opt to seek game-time elsewhere, and Leeds should be at the front of the queue.
The Whites have looked impressive at times this season, but yet their gaping vulnerability remains even despite securing the services of Tyler Adams and Marc Roca in midfield.
They’ve conceded a whopping 33 goals so far this campaign – possessing one of the worst defences in the league. If the Whites are to steer clear of the drop zone, they would need to stop leaking goals, and signing McTominay could well solidify their defensive efforts.
The Manchester United man has established himself as a key figure in the Old Trafford dressing room since his emergence under Jose Mourinho from the club academy.
A tough-tackling, energetic, combative and vocal presence in midfield, he could well form an unstoppable midfield trio with Roca and Adams, providing Marsch with a midfield capable of halting opposition attacks consistently.
McTominay still remains a key figure under Ten Hag, and an ideal understudy for Casemiro should he get injured which means Manchester United’s resistance to letting him go will remain.
However, if it doesn’t happen this month, the Whites should try again in the summer to further enhance their young squad with Premier League experience and McTominay certainly fits the profile of player Leeds need. First and foremost though, they would need to solidify their status as a Premier League club.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have placed a £2.2m a year contract offer on the table for this World Cup star.