Should Leeds prioritise Josh Brownhill pursuit over Josh Vela interest?

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

Leeds United have been linked with two Championship centre-midfielders, and one appears to be the more exciting prospect.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

With the January transfer window just around the corner, it is no surprise to see some of the sides lingering around the play-off places in the Championship being linked with a number of players - and Leeds are no different.

The Whites have been linked with two central midfielders in the Championship this week alone, with TEAMtalk suggesting that Leeds are one of the sides interested in Josh Brownhill of Bristol City just a couple of days after the Daily Mail reported that they were involved in a similarly-congested race to sign Bolton's Josh Vela.

Josh Brownhill of Bristol City shoots during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Burton Albion at Ashton Gate on October 13, 2017 in Bristol, England.

It would certainly be no surprise if both players had their supporters amongst the Elland Road faithful, while there are also likely to be some fans who are not particularly keen to see either arrive given the cluster of central midfielders Thomas Christiansen already has at his disposal.

But if Christiansen is weighing up which midfielder to prioritise if he is indeed keen to bolster his options in the middle of the park, it could be argued that one of the pair is the more appealing option.

Josh Vela of Bolton Wanderers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Bolton Wanderers at Deepdale on November 17, 2017 in Preston, England.

Brownhill has been fantastic for the Robins this term, helping them fly high in the Championship table. Lee Johnson's men have only lost twice since the end of August - one of those defeats came against Leeds at Ashton Gate - and the 21-year-old has been an integral part of their squad.

TEAMtalk reports that his contract expires at the end of the season. And while Bristol City are keen to try and tie him down for longer, he could prove to be an absolute steal if he ends up deciding that he wants to head elsewhere during one of the coming windows. 

Vela is also impressing this term, but Brownhill would arguably bring that combative edge and has been more than capable of contributing going forward, having scored three goals and provided two assists for the Robins.

Leeds arguably do not need to spend a significant amount of money on a midfielder in January given the options they already have, so the chance to sign Brownhill is surely an appealing one given that his contract situation may mean that he could be available for a bargain fee if he decides against extending his stay with the Robins.

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