Report: Leeds United want Sheffield United’s Luke Freeman

Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal and Luke Freeman of Sheffield United during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on October 21, 2019 in Sheffield,...

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United are reportedly interested in Sheffield United’s Luke Freeman.

Luke Freeman of Sheffield United and Jorginho and Ross Barkely of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge on August 31, 2019 in...

Leeds United are interested in signing Luke Freeman from Sheffield United in the January transfer window, according to The Sun on Sunday (print edition, page 61, January 5, 2020).

It has been reported that Leeds are planning to make a “shock” move for Freeman, who joined their Yorkshire rivals United from Queens Park Rangers in the summer of 2019 for a transfer fee reported by The Daily Mail to be worth £5 million.

The former England Under-17 international attacking midfielder has failed to make an impact at the Blades so far this season, making three starts and six substitute appearances in the Premier League, according to WhoScored.

 

Good signing for Leeds United?

With Eddie Nketiah going back to Arsenal, Leeds do need to sign a new attacking player in the January transfer window, and Freeman does seem a good option.

The 27-year-old scored seven goals and provided six assists in 43 Championship appearances for QPR last season, while in 2017-18, he scored five goals and provided 12 assists in the league for Rangers, according to WhoScored.

True, Freeman is not an out-and-out striker, but he does score goals and creates chances, and if Leeds are unable to find a direct replacement for Nketiah, then the former QPR star would not be a bad option to use in that role as a substitute, especially as head coach Marcelo Bielsa knows how to use players in different and unfamiliar roles.

Joel Lynch of Sunderland AFC battles for possession with Luke Freeman of Sheffield United during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Sheffield United and Sunderland at Bramall Lane...

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