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Why Leeds United should make a loan move for Josh Harrop

A young Manchester United midfielder could be the perfect short-term addition to Leeds United's squad.

In recent days the talk has been all about who is leaving Leeds United rather than who may be coming in.

With nine first-team players released last week, including Rudy Austin and Aidy White, the simple fact is there are going to be a few changes at Elland Road before the new season kicks off, and for now, there is no guarantee that manager Neil Redfearn will still be in charge for their next Championship match.

But for now he is and Leeds could do a lot worse than consider a loan move for Manchester United midfielder Josh Harrop.

The 19-year-old fits the Elland Road mould of being a promising young player who could excel alongside the likes of Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt.

While predominantly a central midfielder, Harrop can also operate as an attacking midfielder or on either wing if required, and his versatility could appeal to any potential suitors.

Redfearn has already showed he can get the best out of players in unexpected positions, and the fact that Harrop occupies a few means he would easily fit into the ethos.

The teenager is also beginning to find his shooting boots, scoring four times in 20 appearances for United’s under-21s, including two in a recent tie against West Ham United.

Having shone for the under-21s in practically every possible midfield position, it would be no surprise if it was deemed the right time to send him out on loan, and what better place to go than to a club where young talent is developed so effectively?

Harrop alone may not be able to replace Austin, but he could certainly bring something to Leeds and it could also be the making of him.

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