It’s fair to say reports in The Sun that Leeds United hope to land Crystal Palace outcast Jordon Mutch before the end of the transfer window has encouraged quite an impassioned response.
Understandably so, given that Mutch’s career has nosedived since that impressive debut Premier League campaign with Cardiff City in 2013/14. A spell at QPR was over after just six months and, during two-and-a-half years at Palace, the 25-year-old has started just 11 league games.
And that’s without mentioning a distinctly underwhelming loan spell at Reading in the second half of last season, Mutch contributing next to nothing despite The Royals reaching the play-off final.
Therefore, even though the report adds that Leeds hope to land Mutch for as little as £2 million, less than half what Palace paid QPR for his services in January 2015, the signing would still carry a huge element of risk.
After all, Mutch has been a shadow of his former self for around three years now. Yet, it’s that promise that his former self showed that suggests the risk could be worth taking.
After all, anyone who watched the former Birmingham youngster in action for Cardiff during 2013/14 will tell you just what a talent he was. A dynamic and powerful midfielder with a hammer of a shot and a velvet touch, Mutch even earned comparisons with one Yaya Toure.
We’re not kidding.
Mutch plundered seven goals from midfield that season despite Cardiff’s Premier League life being ended prematurely, stunning strikes against Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom ensuring he dominated the club’s Goal of the Season competition.
Leeds, though hardly short of options in central midfield, currently have no player at their disposal with the ability to score regularly from deep. Kalvin Phillips, Eunan O’Kane and Ronaldo Vieira netted just two between them last season.
Therefore, a deal for Mutch may not be quite as mad as it first seems.