One player Leeds United should sign with investment money

Leeds United

With Leeds United on the verge of securing a lucrative investment deal, we take a look at one player that could really transform their season.

In Leeds United's last match, they were inexplicably torn apart in midfield and comfortably beaten by two goals to nil at the hands of League Two opposition Rochdale.

Although Leeds have got themselves into a respectable position in the League standings, there have been major doubts cast over some obvious voids in their side, and this highlighted them.

One of the major issues for Leeds is the amount of misplaced passes they hit and their possession stats.

Despite just being 1 point off the play-offs, Leeds have been criminal in keeping the ball and are well placed in the bottom half of Championship sides for both pass accuracy and possession.

The West Yorkshire side have misplaced over 2,000 of their 8344 attempted passes which has majorly contributed to their low possession statistic, recorded at 48.6%

Despite only being 18 years of age, Alex Mowatt has been the central midfielder setting the example for Leeds this season and is the only player in that position to start more than 10 games and have a pass accuracy over 80%.

Along with that, he has made on average more passes per game than anyone else in the side, with a still disappointing average of 39.3.

This tells me that a ball playing midfielder could perhaps give Leeds United a better platform to build on which would really enhance their chances of promotion.

I believe that FA Cup winner Ben Watson could be the realistic boost that Leeds United need and could really push the West Yorkshire side on in the second half of the season.

The Wigan midfielder has recorded on average 53.8 passes per game with a pass accuracy of 83.6%. Along with the his composure and rate of passes, he is also far more creative than any other Leeds central midfielder.

Once again Alex Mowatt is top of the pile for Leeds United in that position, averaging 1.1 chances created per game. However, Ben Watson doubles that rate with an impressive 2.4 chances created per game and would no doubt help Leeds in that aspect too.

The investment is set to fund Leeds United's push into the Premier League and then build from there. Although Watson would have been considered unattainable by the previous regime, there is absolutely no reason that with new investment this is the type of player they can attract. 

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