View: Leeds must ditch January transfer plans for Ross Barkley
Leeds United have been reportedly linked with a move for Chelsea attacking midfielder Ross Barkley.
According to a recent report from TeamTalk, the Whites are keen on signing the 27-year-old in the next transfer window.
It has been claimed that Leeds are eyeing a temporary deal, with the view to a permanent one.
The 27-year-old, who was a sensation at Everton, has failed to live up to the expectations at Stamford Bridge.
It was expected that he would seal a move away from the club in the summer, but that didn’t happen. With less than 18 months left on his present deal, a potential move away from January could be a possibility.
Barkley has made eight appearances this season, and he has looked solid. There is a suggestion that he can get his career back on track under Thomas Tuchel, but a move away from the Bridge cannot be completely ruled out.
Leeds should avoid signing Barkley at all costs in January.
The 33-times capped England international is a highly talented player no doubt, but he has struggled with injuries recently.
Barkley is highly experienced and probably will take no time in settling in at the Yorkshire club. But will he fit into Marcelo Bielsa’s system?
First of all, he will require a lot of time to adjust to Bielsa’s methods, and won’t be able to make an instant impact.
Secondly, doubts remain about whether he has the energy and quality to play with high intensity throughout the game.
Bielsa is a demanding manager while the training sessions at Thorp Arch are gruelling as well. He has the talent but there’s an issue of reliability in this case.
It’s better to ditch the plans of signing him. Adding a midfielder is necessary for Leeds, but there are better options out there in the market.
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