George Saville would be a fantastic signing for Leeds

Jacques Maghoma of Birmingham challenges George Saville of Millwall during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Millwall at St Andrews (stadium) on February 17, 2018...

Leeds United are reportedly keen on George Saville.

Martin Braithwaite of Middlesbrough takes the ball past George Saville of Millwall during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Middlesbrough at The Den on December 16, 2017...

The Daily Mail reckon that Leeds United are in pursuit of Millwall midfielder George Saville. The English publication reported on Sunday that Leeds and Aston Villa were interested in signing the 25-year-old.

Should United's Director of Football Victor Orta win the race for his signature then it would represent a swift riposte to the surprise sale of academy product Ronaldo Vieira to Sampdoria for £7.7 million.

But would Saville represent a big upgrade on the young midfielder? In the short term, almost definitely.

 

At this moment in time it's clear that Saville - who managed 10 Championship goals last season - is the more polished midfielder and although Vieira has plenty of potential, promotion for Leeds is a lot more realistic with tried, tested and experienced quality in the middle of the park.

Robert Snodgrass was the last Whites midfielder to reach double figures in a Championship season, having netted 13 times during the 2011-12 campaign, and Saville has proven himself as someone who can bag a similar haul.

Robert Snodgrass of Leeds celebrates scoring to make it 1-1 during the npower Championship match between Leeds United and Cardiff City at Elland Road on October 30, 2011 in Leeds, England.

A lack of goals from midfield has cost the Elland Road dearly in recent seasons. Leeds might have been preparing for a Premier League adventure this time last year had Souleymane Doukara not finished up the 2016-17 campaign as the club's second-highest scorer in the Championship with six goals - 21 less than Chris Wood.

Ezgjan Alioski, with seven, was United's highest-scoring midfielder last season and you do wonder where the goals will come from this season under Marcelo Bielsa.

Leeds have a Tyler Roberts who hasn't yet kicked a ball in the Championship, a Kemar Roofe who has 14 Championship goals in 78 games and a Patrick Bamford who could be lethal, though there is no guarantees.

A midfielder who knows the way to goal like Saville could me a major asset for the Whites this season and although the wound from losing Vieira will still feel raw whatever happens, it would heal a lot quicker if the Millwall man plays a big role in leading the West Yorkshire giants back to the big time.

Jacques Maghoma of Birmingham challenges George Saville of Millwall during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Millwall at St Andrews (stadium) on February 17, 2018...

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