Ex-Leeds boss to join Arsenal - could he tell Wenger to swoop for this Elland Road youngster?

Elland Road pitchside

Former Leeds manager Brian McDermott is on the verge of joining Arsenal in the club's recruitment department.

Former Leeds United boss Brian McDermott finally left the club this summer, four months after he was initially sacked before being re-appointed just days later. The on-off relationship between him and owner Massimo Cellino was bizarre, and it was best for all parties that the former Reading boss left Elland Road to truly bring in the new era under Cellino's ownership.

McDermott left Leeds with a 37% win percentage as he struggled to recreate the success he had with his previous club Reading, where he took the Berkshire club to the Premier League just a year after losing in the Championship play-off final yo Swansea City.

Despite his previous successes, McDermott's name has barely been heard in recent months. He was very loosely linked with becoming the new Cardiff City manager, but that didn't materialise, leaving him out of football - until one of his former clubs came calling.

As a player, McDermott made 61 appearances for Arsenal, and this weekend it was revealed that he was set to rejoin the Gunners in a recruitment role alongside chief scout Steve Rowley. That will mean scouting players and recommending new faces to manager Arsene Wenger, so could he look to swoop on Leeds United for one young star?

During his time in the Elland Road dugout, McDermott handed a first-team debut to midfielder Alex Mowatt, who came through the club's youth system - and he was clearly impressed, by giving him 29 Championship appearances as well as these quotes on his performance in December 2013.

"He's taken to it seamlessly quite frankly and he's going to get better because he's young and he's going to mature," said McDermott. "He's going to mature into a real quality player. The one thing with Alex is that he's level-headed, he keeps his feet on the ground. He's really grounded and he wants to do well. He trains really hard and he prepares himself every day to the best of his ability."

It seems clear that McDermott was a huge fan of Mowatt's ability, and with the 19-year-old also impressing this season, would he recommend the teenager to Wenger?

It's no secret that Arsenal need a midfielder, and with the Frenchman almost always preferring to spend his money on young players with bags of potential, Mowatt could certainly fit the bill for Arsenal - and with previous interest from Everton and Manchester City, Premier League clubs already have their eye on him - but McDermott's influence could swing it in their favour if Wenger is a fan of midfield starlet Mowatt. 

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