By Ben Brown

19th Apr, 2022 | 7:57pm

Leeds United issued hands-off warning in pursuit of Swansea's Flynn Downes

Leeds United could face an uphill task to sign Swansea midfielder Flynn Downes, with manager Russell Martin outlining his desire to keep him with the Swans.

The 36-year-old was asked by WalesOnline about the future of his star midfielder, with Leeds reportedly amongst his suitors [Times] after an impressive campaign in the Championship.

And whilst he admitted the club might face a struggle to keep the 23-year-old should he request to leave, Martin remains hopeful he can keep one of his key players at the Stadium.

“I wouldn’t have thought they’re [Leeds] the only team looking at him,” Martin told the outlet (19 April).

“As far as we’re concerned, Flynn’s just bought a house in Swansea, he loves it, his partner loves it. He’s loving what we’re doing on the pitch.

“He has a great relationship with all of the coaching staff and players. He’s really well respected and I think the fans really like him.

“I think that counts a lot for someone like Flynn, after the tough time he had last year, I don’t think it’s just about jumping at any opportunity. Ultimately we haven’t had any phone calls from anyone. If we do then we’ll have to cross that bridge when it comes to it.”

Next Step

Downes has already made one big decision on his future, ending a fifteen-year association with boyhood club Ipswich Town to make the move to South Wales last season.

That was to leave a club he had far more connections to than the Swans, and if he is to continue his upward trajectory following a stellar campaign then a move into Premier League is the next logical progression.

He is an astute passer of the ball, as shown in his most recent outing against Reading where he completed 94.6% of his passing attempts, and Leeds could certainly do with his pinpoint accuracy in a position they have struggled for stability in throughout the season.

It seems unlikely that will be with Swansea anytime soon with the club set for a mid-table Championship finish, so Downes is probably going to have to orchestrate a transfer if he wants to be playing in the top flight.

Regardless of bonds with a club, as Downes has already shown, the priority for a player always has to be their own career so regardless of what Martin says the 23-year-old midfielder has already shown the courage to make these tough decisions before.

It may well be that another one comes up in the summer transfer window.

In other Leeds United news, this former player has opened up on his frustrating spell with the Whites’.