How did rumoured Leeds target Ben Pringle perform at Elland Road?

Leeds United

Leeds were linked with the Rotherham midfielder last summer, but the rumours persist and now he has come face-to-face with Leeds, how did he perform?

25-year-old Ben Pringle is instantly recognisable on the pitch with his shock of blonde hair, but he stood out a mile on Saturday as he dictated everything that was good about Rotherham in the 0-0 draw that signalled the end of the Sky Bet Championship campaign.

Pringle is approaching the end of his contract and he continues to be linked with Leeds and other clubs, having performed consistently throughout 43 games in the Championship for Rotherham this season.

Leeds are known to be in need of a left-sided wide player and Pringle may well fit the bill, particularly with Leeds owner and president Massimo Cellino having watched Pringle at the end of last season. As Cellino settles back into the Elland Road hot seat this week after a three month ban, he remains the key influential figure in the transfer market for the fallen Yorkshire giants.

Rotherham had saved themselves from relegation prior to the Leeds game on Saturday, and hence the occasion was a low-key encounter with nothing but pride at stake. Both teams were lacking a cutting edge, but it was Pringle who stood out as the most likely creator on the pitch, particularly in the black kit of the visitors.

  PositionTeamTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttTotal CrossAccurate CrossTotal PassAccurate PassTouchesUnsuccessful TouchAppearancesMins Played
Ben Pringle MF Rotherham 1 0 8 1 53 41 70 1

 

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The Millers had 10 attempts on goal with only one on target in a drab end-of-season affair - Pringle himself had one attempt on goal. The former Derby man is famed for the quality of his crossing - an asset Leeds have sorely lacked this season - but from eight attempted crosses only one reached its target.

Where Pringle did excel was with his passing. Throughout the game Pringle kept possession well and was constantly prompting and probing for openings. An accurate pass percentage of 77 is impressive in what was a largely untidy game with little shape, and only one of Pringle's 70 touches in the game was unsuccessful as he looked comfortable and at home on the Elland Road pitch.

With the midfielder's contract at the New York Stadium winding down it appears that Pringle is up for grabs, and pinching the Rotherham man as a free agent may be the opportunity Cellino has been waiting 12 months for. 

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