Oh, deadline day. Leeds United have signed only one so far in this window, as news of Alfonso Pedraza became official. But are there more moves coming in? We’ll look at one more rumour before the window closes, but it’s not Fletcher, Gradel, or Messi.
According to some, Bradley Dack wants a move to Leeds United, but who is he? The Gillingham midfielder has said that he'd welcome the move, and his agent is trying to do his part to get the deal done before tonight's deadline.
It's definitely refreshing to hear that a player wants to come to Elland Road, but what are we getting if we bring him in?
Well, in short, a lot of good. Dack played lights out last season in League One, earning the Player of the Season honor after scoring 15 goals and assisting on 10 in 44 appearances. He's continued his fine form this season despite his team’s struggles, netting three league goals and assisting another five.
You can always love a guy whose strong suit is long shots, and Dack is one of those guys. He's confident enough to fire away at the slightest opening he gets from just about any distance. This same confidence enables him to be a beast from set pieces. The 24-year-old has a sense of determination when he's on the ball. He's capable of dribbling past opponents with ease. (Think of an energizer bunny, with flowing brown hair and a pretty decent beard.)
He's going to look that chance to score, but if there's a better chance for his teammates to score, he's unselfish and won't fret at giving up the ball. That's key, since Chris Wood is on fire, and the more people we can get playing him through balls, the better.
Dack is blessed to be able to be lethal with both feet, making him even more dangerous and unpredictable. If there is a knock on Bradley Dack, it’s that sometimes he'll be too deep into that attacking mindset, which would in turn leave him out of position, leaving the opposition’s midfielders plenty of space to run around.
I would rate the signing of Bradley Dack highly. As I said earlier, it always helps when a player wants to join a club, and Garry Monk should be very excited about how he can plug Dack into his lineup. Pablo Hernandez will still be the set piece guy, but if we do decide to bring in Dack, I think that he can start off in a role similar to Pablo's.
Seeing Bradley Dack leave Gillingham would be painful. But he deserves to develop at Championship level with Leeds.— Rory Briggs (@RWABriggs) January 31, 2017
As we saw against Sutton, our "second team" is... questionable at best. Having good bench depth is almost as important as having a good starting lineup. Dack could be that next guy up if someone gets injured or suspended and can challenge for a starting spot as well. While bringing in a midfielder might not be the biggest priority, inconsistent play of certain players may warrant bringing in an attacking midfielder.
Bradley Dack could be that guy.