Carlton Palmer expects another Leeds United swoop for Lewis O'Brien
Leeds United will make a new bid to sign Lewis O’Brien from Huddersfield at some point in the future, according to Carlton Palmer.
O’Brien, 22, was strongly linked with a move to Elland Road during the summer transfer window with the Express [print edition, August 14, page 77] reporting that the Whites had two bids rejected for the central midfielder.
Leeds didn’t add to their midfield options in the summer despite it being a clear weakness in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad and Palmer believes Victor Orta and his scouts will continue to keep tabs on Huddersfield’s O’Brien.
“Yeah, for sure,” Palmer told FootballFanCast when asked if he can see Leeds making a fresh swoop for O’Brien. “You identify a player, but you don’t always get the player at the time.
“I remember when I signed for Leeds United, Howard Wilkinson told me he was tracking me for nearly three seasons before he was actually able to sign me and that’s the way it goes sometimes.
“You keep your scouts watching him, make sure he’s performing, make sure he’s the player that’s going to fit into the system that you want and then you test the water again at the appropriate time.”
One to keep tabs on
Leeds have never done much business in January while Marcelo Bielsa has been in charge but if he feels as though his midfield still needs strengthening in the winter then it’s something to keep an eye on.
O’Brien’s deal at the John Smith’s Stadium expires at the end of the season so there’s a good chance that in January, Huddersfield will be more receptive to selling their academy product.
We saw all sorts of fees and valuations bandied around in the summer but it’s likely that Leeds will be able to afford a far cheaper move for him in January.
Daniel James no doubt took a huge chunk out of Leeds’ transfer budget and while Bielsa and Orta aren’t sitting on a large mound of cash, they should still have enough money there to be able to sign a midfielder from the Championship whose contract is expiring.
Huddersfield won’t want to lose O’Brien for a compensation fee at the end of the season so a January deal does look likely right now as long as Bielsa feels he does need to add to his midfield options.
Huddersfield manager Carlos Corberan has previously dubbed O’Brien “excellent” and suggested he’s already good enough for the Premier League so he’s definitely one who fans should be excited about [LeedsLive].
Of course, Adam Forshaw’s return to fitness means that it could be a quiet winter at Elland Road.
In other Leeds United news, a BT Sport pundit noticed what Virgil van Dijk did to a Whites player after the “shocking” scenes on Sunday.