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Portsmouth forward Ronan Curtis reportedly on the transfer radar of Leeds United

Republic of Ireland U21 winger also attracting attention from Leicester City, Middlesbrough, and others

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With Leeds United having a few injury problems, not to mention some questionable performances from some of the players, it seems that the transfer links are starting to heat up.

The latest player to attract some attention is Portsmouth’s Ronan Curtis.

Curtis is 22 year-old forward who is having a brilliant season for Pompey. In only 12 appearances for the League One leaders, Curtis has exploded on the scene with six goals and five assists. He only arrived at Fratton Park this past summer after coming over from the League of Ireland side Derry City. In addition to Leeds, the young Republic of Ireland U21 player has reportedly attracted the attention of Sheffield United, Leicester City, Derby County, Middlesbrough, and Brighton & Hove Albion as well, so there is plenty of competition for the winger.

His performances at Derry City aren’t particularly eye-opening, but he’s certainly made a name for himself in a short amount of time in League One. He scored eight goals for Derry City in 32 appearances in the League Of Ireland in 2017, and had five goals in 22 appearances in the 2018 season before making the switch to England.

Curtis, however, does play in a position of need for Leeds. He’s made the majority of his appearances at left wing despite being right-footed, although he’s also spent time at both striker and right wing. While Gjanni Alioski has seemed to have the left wing position locked down at Leeds, he’s struggled at times this season, and neither Jack Harrison nor Pablo Hernandez has looked completely comfortable over on the left side. Alioski played more as a right winger before coming to Leeds, and honestly, Alioski has looked better playing as a left wing-back at times this season than he has at left wing.

So can the possibility of playing under a legend such as Marcelo Bielsa be enough to sway the winger to commit to Leeds? Leeds need some depth up front if they are to compete for promotion to the Premier League, and so perhaps Curtis can be a player that can drive the team forward.