Leeds ready swoop for 'fearless' attacker

Emile Smith Rowe in action for Huddersfield

Leeds are in a superb place right now, everything seems to be falling for them perfectly. 

Premier League status? Tick. Category one status academy? Tick. Club-record signing? Tick. 

This has been a couple of weeks to savour for the Whites who are building ahead of steam as they enter a historic season.

This will be the first time they've competed in the top-flight of English football since 2004. Supporters won't need telling that, but they have their eyes on more than just staying in the division.

The imminent arrival of Spanish forward Rodrigo is enough evidence of that. He was due to take a medical on Wednesday morning ahead of a record-breaking move from Valencia.

It's an eye-catching signing, one that the club needed to make if they want to stay in the Premier League. He has international and continental experience so should be worth the money for Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta.

Leeds have already shown they can be shrewd with the additions of Illan Meslier and Joe Gelhardt but with Rodrigo arriving through the door, they now have another opportunity to prove that.


That's because they're about to enter the loan market again. It's an area that's treated them well in recent years with the likes of Ben White, Jack Harrison and Helder Costa all joining them temporarily last term. 

The man in question now is Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe. 

The Daily Mail report that Leeds are one of the clubs interested in taking on the young attacking midfielder for the 2020/21 season. 

The Gunners have already rejected an approach from Monaco who were looking to sign Smith Rowe on a permanent basis.

It's now thought that Crystal Palace are keen on a deal, with interest also arriving from Leeds and Fulham.

The 20-year-old recently spent time on loan with Huddersfield so a return to Yorkshire could be on the cards.

Emile Smith Rowe

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

This would be an interesting signing by Leeds, one that would probably benefit Arsenal and the player more than it does the Whites.

Smith Rowe played on 19 occasions for the Terriers last term but didn't exactly set the world alight, being bullied and harassed by Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi when they faced Leeds.

The sprightly youngster managed two key passes but ultimately, his impact was limited as Berardi combated him by making two interceptions and winning three tackles. 

It's not often that the Swiss defender gets the better of such a creative player but on this occasion, he rose to the task well.

Smith Rowe at Arsenal

We shouldn't judge Smith Rowe on just one game, however. After all, he's incredibly highly rated at the Emirates Stadium.

He was described as "fearless" after moving to RB Leipzig on loan last year and has already played 12 times for Arsenal's first team, scoring three goals in the process. To quote Danny Cowley, he is so good at gliding towards vacant areas that he could "find space in a telephone box." 

The 20-year-old is a gifted individual but despite how widespread his potential is, are Arsenal really going to want to do business again with Leeds after what happened to Eddie Nketiah? It feels unlikely.

Orta better get his PowerPoint out. 

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