By Sam Stone

28th Jul, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds United move an option for James McAtee but Manchester City talent cautious

Dean Jones believes that Manchester City youngster James McAtee is cautious about his next move as Leeds United show interest in the 19-year-old.

The Daily Mail revealed (27 July) that Manchester City are open to letting the youngster leave on loan this summer and that the Whites are showing strong interest in his services.

However, former Bleacher Report journalist Jones believes there is still work to do to land the sought-after attacker.

Jones told GIVEMESPORT on Wednesday 27 July :”I think that it’s something Leeds are looking at and they’re interested in him.

“I don’t think anyone is convinced that Manchester City will let him out, so they might have to wait until the end of the window.

“I think McAtee is also cautious about making sure he lands at a club where he gets opportunities, so there’s still lots to do there.”

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Will he play?

Will McAtee feature should he make the switch to Yorkshire?

His statistics for City’s under-23 side team are pretty remarkable having scored 22 goals in the 2021/22 season operating from a midfield position.

He can play in a number of positions which would mean he is likely to be given game time somewhere should he leave the Etihad.

McAtee is clearly an exceptional talent, but Leeds won’t want to take game time away from their own homegrown players.

Sam Greenwood has enjoyed a good preseason and will want chances, and new signing Sonny Perkins will be keen to make the odd first-team appearance for the Whites.

This will be an exciting signing if it does go through, but there does seem like a lot of work to be done before any deal is concluded.

McAtee will be eager to make his first loan spell away from City a successful one.

He is certainly more likely to get game time at Elland Road as opposed to the Etihad at the very least.

In other Leeds United news, one of the main transfer sagas of the summer is due for a €35million conclusion in the next 24-hours with the club finally set for a definitive answer.