Leeds United is one of many clubs that are said to be interested in taking Manchester United’s Scott McTominay on loan. The Sun is reporting that Leeds, along with Championship rivals Preston North End and Bolton Wanderers, are interested in taking the 21 year-old centre midfielder on loan in January for the rest of the season.
Manchester United apparently want to send the midfielder out on loan so that he gets match experience, but with a number of options, including Michael Carrick, looking at time on the injured list, McTominay may stay at Old Trafford to provide cover while the other players at the club gain fitness.
Leeds appear to have missed out on central midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi, at least for now, as the Japan international is headed abroad on loan after agreeing to a contract with the club. However, central midfield is not necessarily an area of need for Leeds.
Young stars Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips have pretty much nailed down the two starting positions in the centre of the pitch for Leeds, with Eunan O’Kane still an option if one of the two young players need a rest, are hurt, or suspended. The three of them have been so preferred by Thomas Christiansen that summer signing Mateusz Klich has been frozen out of the first team and Liam Bridcutt, last year’s captain, was sold to Nottingham Forest back in August. And while Vurnon Anita, another summer signing, has played mainly at fullback for the Whites, he is nominally a central midfielder as well.
Then again, maybe this is the real reason that Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen was spotted at Old Trafford on Sunday, to work out a loan deal in person? Nah, that’s unlikely, since the Director of Football, Victor Orta, is the one who makes the deals.
Anyway, another central midfielder isn’t really in the frame for Leeds right now, and while the Sun may have mentioned Leeds, it seems like lots of players have “Leeds” mentioned in their transfer rumours. This loan deal would be a surprise, if for no other reason that the current Manchester United loanee, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, hasn’t seen a sniff of the first team in months. 10% chance of loan deal for McTominay.