Brentford fans' John Egan comments should worry Leeds

A general view of fans arriving at Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March...

Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing John Egan from Championship side Brentford in the summer transfer window.

John Egan of Brentford applauds supporters during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Fulham at Griffin Park on November 4, 2016 in Brentford, England.

If Leeds United fans were hoping that John Egan could be seen as an upgrade on Liam Cooper or even Pontus Jansson, now is the time to look away.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds have considered a move for the Brentford captain as they look to solve their defensive vulnerabilities this summer, although no bid has yet been made.

But if the reaction from the Griffin Park faithful is anything to go by, maybe Leeds should steer clear. It seems that Egan, despite being a regular starter and wearing the armband, is far from a fans’ favourite.

John Egan of Brentford wears the Stonewall Rainbow Laces Campaign captains armband during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Brentford at Loftus Road on...

The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international started 32 Championship games last season as The Bees finished in the top half after a brief flirtation with the play-offs.

But, with Ezri Konsa arriving from Charlton Athletic and the much coveted Chris Mepham waiting in the wings, Egan’s position could be about to come under threat.

So if Leeds do step up their interest in the one-time Sunderland youngster, it would be interesting to see whether Brentford would be willing to cash in on their skipper. But, in truth, Egan is at best a solid second tier defender and, if Leeds want to push on towards the top six, they probably need to be aiming higher.

Kyle Bartley anyone?

Kyle Bartley of Leeds United gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

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