Scouts flock to see Leeds left-back target Josh Doig at Hibernian
Hibernian are bracing themselves for serious summer bids for left-back Josh Doig amid interest from Leeds United, according to The Sun.
The newspaper claims scouts have flocked to see Doig, 18, play for Hibs this season with Leicester being the latest club to watch over the attack-minded full-back.
It is understood that although Doig is contracted to the Edinburgh club until 2025, he could be signed for just £1.5million this summer.
Leeds could find themselves in need of a new left-back ahead of next season with Ezgjan Alioski’s contract set to expire in the summer and speculation linking him with a free transfer to Galatasaray.
One for the future – or for next season?
Marcelo Bielsa hasn’t really had an out-and-out left-back that he’s regularly called upon in his time at Leeds.
Stuart Dallas and Alioski have played there more than anyone else and neither have developed as natural full-backs in their career as they’re usually played on the wings.
However, Doig is a natural in the role, playing 27 times for Hibs in all competitions this season and all of them coming as a full-back or wing-back on the left-hand side.
According to stats by Wyscout, Doig ranks ninth in the Scottish Premiership for crosses from the left-flank per 90 minutes this season [3.44]. 0.89 crosses per 90 have been into the six-yard box, which is the fifth-best figure in Scotland’s top-flight.
He’s certainly someone who can improve a lot and that is no shock considering Manchester City and Arsenal have also been linked with him.
Goal reported in January that Celtic, Man City, Arsenal and Leeds had shown an interest in Doig ahead of potential summer moves. He was valued £1million then but the latest update by The Sun says £1.5million.
It shows that Doig’s stock is definitely rising and if Leeds want to stand a chance of signing the Scotland youth international, they’ll need to promise a clear pathway to their first-team or offer higher wages than their rivals.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have been mooted as a potential new club for this stand-out Premier League performer.