Star Bolton midfielder Josh Vela is apparently attracting interest from a variety of Championship and Premier League clubs, according to the Daily Mail, with Leeds United reportedly one of the possible suitors for the midfielder’s signature, along with Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County, and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Lion of Vienna Suite, the SB Nation Bolton blog is disappointed to read that their is interest in one of Bolton’s best players, as his 10 goals in all competitions last season was one of the reasons that Bolton was able to get promoted back to the Championship from League One on the first try.
The financial situation at Bolton Wanderers has been well documented by our friends over at Lion of Vienna Suite. Bolton doesn’t have the money to buy new players without selling their current players, and while Bolton have now just escaped the relegation spots, their survival is still at stake.
While it fits that Vela might be on the market, Leeds as a destination for the 23 year-old midfielder does not. Leeds already have two young central midfielders in 22 year-old Kalvin Phillips and 19 year-old Ronaldo Vieira who they rate highly. And as good as Vela is, bringing in another young central midfielder doesn’t make a lot of sense when Leeds have some gaping holes at other positions, namely left back and goalkeeper, with striker, and winger also possible areas.
The performance of Phillips, Vieira and Eunan O’Kane have even left summer transfer Mateusz Klich sitting on the sideline, with speculation over his future running rampant after some questionable tweets by the former FC Twente player.
Look, the Daily Mail loves to throw lots of names around and link them to all kinds of teams. The Mail even had Ross McCormack coming back to Elland Road, before he headed to Melbourne City in Australia. Leeds are going to be linked with dozens of players for the next six weeks, with the team trying to make the playoffs and with the Chris Wood money burning a hole in Orta’s pocket. I wouldn’t put too much into this rumour at all.