Leeds United need a winger, and former Sunderland ace James McClean could be just right

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Should Leeds United take a look at James McClean this summer?

Wigan Athletic were last night relegated from the Championship, and face a tall order to keep hold of their brightest talents.

One who fits that billing is former Sunderland winger James McClean, who has been productive in the Championship despite the team's unsuccessful season.

A club in need of signing a player of his style, experience and calibre is Leeds United. The Whites do not have any wingers in their squad who head coach Neil Redfearn deems up to standard, choosing instead to play full-backs Charlie Taylor and Sam Byram on the wing.

He has scored six goals and provided six assists, enough to make him the club's top goalscorer this season. That is also higher than any Leeds midfielder apart from Alex Mowatt.

  TeamGoalsAssistsKey PassesAppearances
James McClean Wigan 6 6 35 36

McClean is 26-years-old and has only one year left on his current deal at the Latics, which enhances their chances of wanting to cash in.

Leeds United are currently under a transfer embargo, but this is expected to be lifted ahead of the summer window opening, having served their Football League imposed ban in January.

The club know all about McClean first hand, after he scored one and created another to inspire Wigan to a 2-0 win at Elland Road on Boxing Day. 

McClean has Premier League experience, playing 59 games in the division with Sunderland, scoring seven times.

For a bargain fee he could be a shrewd signing, but it is unlikely if Leeds showed interest, that they would be the only ones.

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