Leeds United could reignite their interest in breakthrough Reading star Michael Olise, following strong rumours of a move in the summer, according to a report in The Sun (I know, I know).
The 19-year-old made his Reading first-team debut in Leeds’ 3-0 win at the Madejski stadium in March 2019 and has gone on to make 47 first team appearances for the Royals, scoring four goals.
Also Michael Olise has been a joy for Reading. Agility, touch, incisive passing. He’ll be in the Premier League very soon. https://t.co/c3zd6G7blo— Josh Hobbs (@JoshAHobbs) December 27, 2020
Olise can play in the middle of midfield or on the wing. He is more comfortable with an attacking role, which in theory should make him suit Leeds system, at least the version Leeds are playing right now.
Olise spent time in the academies at Chelsea and Manchester City before establishing himself at Reading and has been linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs including Wolves and Arsenal but the report claims that right now, Crystal Palace are the favourites to sign the France u18 international.
There were a lot of reports that Olise had an £8m release clause in his contract, but manager Veljko Paunovic said he was “unaware” of such a clause. It has not been established whether or not the original report was accurate.
An £8m release clause, the Championship's assist leader, and already an integral member of high-flying Reading, it’s easy to see why 19-year-old Michael Olise is garnering so much attention.— Top Bins Talk (@TopBinsTalk) December 28, 2020
In this report, we identify what exactly makes the youngster such an exciting prospect.
Personally, I like what I have seen from Olise and at the rumoured price think he would be a good signing. I wouldn’t expect him to break straight into the starting eleven, but with teams now naming nine subs he would probably be in the squad very quickly.
Leeds could do with another option in the middle of midfield - although in an ideal world it would be someone more established rather than another prospect, and would probably be more of a traditional number eight, rather than another attacking midfielder.
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