Leeds United linked to Everton's Darron Gibson, but it's not the right move

Everton's Darron Gibson

Leeds do not need to make a move for Everton midfielder.

Leeds United were this week touted by the Telegraph as a potential destination for Everton midfielder Darron Gibson.

Gibson, 29, is a Republic of Ireland international with a big name owing to his days as a promising Manchester United youngster, 

He may remember Leeds for the wrong reasons though - he was part of the Red Devils side which lost to Simon Grayson's side at Old Trafford in the FA Cup in 2010.

Darron Gibson vs Leeds United in 2010Darron Gibson vs Leeds United in 2010

Adding any player with Premier League and Champions League experience would potentially enhance Leeds United's promotion bid, but Gibson is not necessarily the right player for them right now.

Firstly Gibson is a central midfielder - a position Leeds do not need to strengthen unless the player would become an instant starter. Gibson is not necessarily one of those.

Everton's Darron Gibson in action with Young Boys' Leonardo BertoneEverton's Darron Gibson in action with Young Boys' Leonardo Bertone

Leeds have Eunan O'Kane, Liam Bridcutt, Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips all as strong central midfield options, and Gibson would not necessarily stand out above them, and nor is there reason for Leeds to bring him in and limit the opportunities of the younger duo.

Then there is the fact Gibson has played so little football in the past two seasons. This season he hasn't made a single Premier League appearance, and just one substitute showing in the EFL Cup.

Last season he made only two Premier League starts, and the campaign prior, only three starts.

Despite his age of 29, Gibson has fewer than 100 Premier League starts to his name, and if Leeds expected him to come in and make an impact right away in the Championship it could be an error of judgement.

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