Will Leeds be made to rue not signing Jamal Lowe this weekend?

Marcelo Bielsa the manager of Leeds United looks on during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Salford City and Leeds United at Moor Lane on August 13, 2019 in Salford, England.

Leeds United were reportedly interested in signing Jamal Lowe during the summer, but he joined one of their Championship rivals.

Marcelo Bielsa the manager of Leeds United looks on during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Salford City and Leeds United at Moor Lane on August 13, 2019 in Salford, England.

With last season's fixture between the two sides proving to be the turning point in Leeds' promotion charge, Marcelo Bielsa's side will need little reminding that they cannot take Wigan lightly when they meet this weekend.

Leeds dominated Paul Cook's men at Elland Road and appeared set to cruise to three points as they led 1-0 and had a numerical advantage after Cedric Kipre's controversial red card. Of course, the Latics had not read the script.

 

The Whites have the chance to banish a couple of the painful memories at the DW Stadium this weekend. And it may also prove to be an opportunity for Leeds to get a better idea of whether they will rue missing out on one of their reported summer targets.

Sky Sports reported that Leeds and Wigan were two of the sides interested in signing Jamal Lowe, who enjoyed an outstanding campaign with Portsmouth last term, scoring 17 goals in all competitions.

Jamal Lowe of Portsmouth during the Checkatrade Trophy Final between Sunderland AFC and Portsmouth FC at Wembley Stadium on March 31, 2019 in London, England.

Ultimately, it was Wigan who won the race to sign the 25-year-old with The News reporting that they paid a fee in advance of £2.5 million for the winger. 

Lowe came off the bench in both of Wigan's first two league games of the season, but he did get to make his full debut in midweek as Cook's men were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Stoke City - who were drawn out of the hat alongside Leeds for the second round.

Jamal Lowe of Portsmouth during the Sky Bet League One match between Portsmouth and Shrewsbury Town at Fratton Park on September 8, 2018 in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.

It would not be a surprise therefore, to see Lowe remain in the starting lineup this weekend for his first league start for his new club. And given Leeds' stature in the division, he would surely love nothing more than to announce himself with a superb performance against Bielsa's men.

The Whites appeared to do some excellent business with the wide players that they brought in this summer. And it will likely take something special for Lowe to overshadow the likes of Jack Harrison and Helder Costa.

If Lowe is able to make an impact, Leeds may wonder whether they are going to kick themselves for not signing the talented forward. But if his contribution is dwarfed by what Costa, Harrison and Pablo Hernandez do, then the Whites may be even more content with their decision to not match Wigan's seven-figure bid. 

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