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£10 million-rated Lewis O’Brien wants to join Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United this summer but the Premier League giants have yet to hammer out a deal with Huddersfield Town, as reported by The Sun (8 August, page 67). 

While Huddersfield supporters aren’t thrilled at the idea of one of their star performers – their player of the year in 2020 and a first-team regular – making the short trip across Yorkshire, remove those rose-tinted glasses and you’ll see where O’Brien is coming from. 

A move to Leeds would see the 22-year-old play top-flight football week in, week out for a start.

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And you only have to look at the startling progression of Kalvin Phillips – a run-of-the-mill Championship midfielder who blossomed into a Euro 2020 finalist – to see the sort of impact Bielsa can have on a young, hungry player who wants to build on their potential, learn and progress. 

Bielsa could work his magic with Lewis O’Brien at Leeds

According to The Sun, the tigerish, tenacious O’Brien is keen to seal a move to Elland Road during the next three weeks.  

He has become Leeds’ top midfield target after Conor Gallagher elected to join Crystal Palace instead, although agreeing a deal with O’Brien could be easier said than done.

Huddersfield want £10 million for a man who will be out of contract next summer and Leeds are reportedly happy to pay that fee – but in instalments.

That doesn’t cut the mustard for Huddersfield. The Terriers need cash – and they need it now.  

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“Lewis is hard-working and will fight to the end,” said former Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley, who once deemed the ‘Colchester Kante’ as “like having two players” at once. 

“You can never question that kid’s fight.” 

O’Brien wouldn’t give Leeds the creativity or craft of a Rodrigo Moreno or even a Mateusz Klich but could do the job of the perma-crocked Adam Forshaw, offering intelligence and composure in possession as well as relentless hassling and harrying off the ball. 

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