Leeds United manager Garry Monk should look to add experience to his midfield
Leeds United head into the 2016/17 Championship campaign with renewed optimism following the appointment of Garry Monk, and the former Swansea City boss has already strengthened his squad with numerous acquisitions including Marcus Antonsson, Robert Green and Kemar Roofe.
The Elland Road outfit are still short in the midfield department however, and desperately need an experienced ball-winner with the attributes needed to succeed in the Championship.
An ideal signing for Leeds would be former Arsenal star Mathieu Flamini. The 32-year-old is available on a free transfer following his release from the Gunners, and would instantly add a degree of tenacity and aggression that is currently missing from Garry Monk's side.
Mathieu Flamini would add steel to the Leeds midfield
He has natural leadership skills, and could prove to be a vital cog in the Leeds machine by sitting in front of the back-four and marshalling the defensive side of the game. His disciplined style would provide protection for the Yorkshire outfit's back-line, and his tenacity could be infectious on a side who have lacked any kind of fighting spirit in recent years.
The sticking point to a potential move could be the salary that a player of Flamini's calibre demands. He was reportedly on £60,000 per week at Arsenal (Daily Mail), so he would have to take a substantial pay-cut, if he was to consider a move to Elland Road.
Flamini has vast experience of playing at the highest level
He is, however, in the twilight of his career, and the guarantee of first-team football could be enough to sway the Frenchman.
Flamini has played for some of Europe's finest clubs, including AC Milan, and if Leeds could manage to pull off a signing of this stature, it would enhance their reputation within the game, and go someway towards putting them back on the map as one of the major players within the game, at Championship level at least.
In order for the club to move forward, they must look for steady progression allied with stability, and the potential signing of Flamini could accelerate their development and enhance their chances of gaining promotion back to where a club the size of Leeds belongs.
Could Leeds tempt Flamini into a move to the club?