Steer clear: Leeds target would do little to dethrone Klich or Pablo – opinion

It doesn’t seem too long ago that the January transfer window closed, but the rumour mill has already started up again.

With Leeds on the verge of promotion to the Premier League, it should come as a surprise to absolutely nobody that the Whites are being touted as being interested in new signings, but it seems that the latest player they’ve been linked to would have trouble breaking into the first-team.

Indeed, although Phil Hay has previously stated that Leeds should have bought a midfielder in the January transfer window, signing Josh Cullen doesn’t seem like the brightest idea Victor Orta has ever had.

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A look at the stats shows he quite simply isn’t up to the challenge of playing in Bielsa’s midfield.

The Argentine usually operates with a 4-1-4-1 formation with a holding midfielder, a box to box player a more attacking option.

Josh Cullen this season - Steer clear: Leeds target would do little to dethrone Klich or Pablo - opinion

More often than not this season, Mateusz Klich and Pablo Hernandez have been United’s preferred pairing in the middle of the park, and Cullen doesn’t seem to have what it takes to dethrone either of those players.

Klich has started every single league game since the manager’s appointment, while Hernandez was last season’s Player of the Year, and the fact that Cullen has fewer goals and assists than the pair won’t help convince the Argentine to drop the Pole in favour of the West Ham man.

Cullen does have a better pass success rate than the duo, but he doesn’t play as many key passes as either man, and that’s what’s is important in Bielsa’s side. His midfielders are seen as two of the key contributors going forward, with the Pole and the Spaniard having a hand in 10 assists between them.

The Irishman would add a bit of extra depth to the team, but with Leeds seemingly on their way to the Premier League, they need more than just a player who would act as an extra body.

In other news, Marcelo Bielsa may have just saved Leeds a lot of money.

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