Leeds would strike gold by signing Lewis Macleod in January
According to Leeds Live, Championship side Leeds United are interested in signing Lewis MacLeod. The 24-year-old has impressed since joining Brentford from Rangers in 2015.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side will step up their interest in the midfielder when the winter transfer window opens after losing out on Samu Saiz, who is headed back to Spain, according to Scottish Sun. MacLeod recently turned down a new contract offer from the struggling Championship side. His current deal at Griffin Park will expire at the end of the season, meaning Brentford must either cash in on him now or lose him for nothing next summer.
Leeds’ decision to allow Saiz to sign for Getafe in January on an initial loan deal will free up space in the middle of the park. The La Liga club has the option to make the move permanent in the summer. The playmaker was unhappy at Elland Road and with speculation growing in recent weeks, Leeds have done the right thing by accepting a bid from Getafe to allow the side to concentrate on their promotion push.
Lewis MacLeod is a versatile player who can play as an attacking midfielder, a central midfielder and a holding midfielder. He could offer something unique and different to this Leeds side. The tough-tackling ace is good at delivering crosses, defensive contribution and taking set-pieces. Leeds currently have Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich, Lewis Baker and Adam Forshaw as their main options in the midfield.
The Bees are yet to find consistency this season and risk being dragged into the relegation cat fight. Thus, this is the ideal time for MacLeod to push for a move to title-chasing Leeds. Otherwise, the 24-year-old risks falling behind. Joining Marcelo Bielsa’s side in January would allow him to play a part in the side’s push for a first return to the Premier League since 2004.
It is very likely that should the Whites earn promotion without MacLeod, they’ll set their sights higher next summer. However, once confirmed as a Premier League side, Leeds may decide MacLeod is no longer on their list of targets and aim higher. As of now, Brentford risk being relegated into League One.
As a result, MacLeod’s reputation taking a hit in the process. It might as well be a temporary glitch for Brentford but MacLeod can’t afford it. He might have helped Glasgow giants Rangers through the divisions but it would be better for him to ply his trade in England’s top flight than in the third division.
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Leeds need to consolidate their position at the top of the table and to that end, crucial January additions would make the Argentine tactician’s work easier during the second half of the season.