Leeds United have joined a host of clubs in the pursuit of Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien this summer.
Alan Nixon from The Sun reports that Leeds’ search for a midfielder, which has dabbled with the likes of Nahitan Nandez and Rodrigo De Paul previously, has potentially landed on Huddersfield’s player-of-the-year.
LEEDS. Looking for a midfielder with legs. May have found on doorstep with Lewis O'Brien at HUDDERSFIELD. Joined clubs taking a keen interest. Runs all day.— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) July 4, 2021
The obvious point first, O’Brien could be a great fit thanks to his experience under Carlos Corberan, former assistant to Marcelo Bielsa with similar methods. You can even think of this move as a player stepping up from Corberan’s former under-23s team into the big leagues.
O’Brien has had a solid couple of seasons lately when we talk about productivity, scoring three and assisting three last season having made 42 appearances. In the 19/20 campaign, he scored two and assisted four in 38 games.
The 22-year-old is also very versatile, with Transfermarkt.com citing O’Brien featuring as a central-midfielder, defensive and attacking as well as a winger on both sides and even at left-back on a handful of occasions.
This half-volley STAYED hit!— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) February 16, 2020
Lewis O'Brien with a perfect example of how to 'put your laces through it' pic.twitter.com/rRZSgOxmLr
On the defensive end, O’Brien averaged two tackles per game last season as well as one interception for good measure. In comparison, Stuart Dallas averaged 1.9 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game last season in The Premier League.
So, O’Brien is showing solid numbers in The Championship, playing in an intense regime that relates to Bielsa’s style strongly, while also being young and versatile are big plus points. A fee has not yet been quoted but considering he’s Huddersfield’s main man, it may take a decent fee to prize him away from Carlos Corberan.
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