Leeds United tipped to move for 'special' EFL talent


Leeds United have enjoyed an excellent transfer window so far.

Promotion from the Championship saw the Whites return to the Premier League after 16 long years away.

It was always going to be a difficult task to get themselves acclimatised to life in the fast lane, but Marcelo Bielsa's side have coped pretty well.

As well as bringing back names such as Illan Meslier, Jack Harrison and Helder Costa, Leeds have brought in plenty of fresh faces this summer.

These include the likes of Robin Koch, Rodrigo, Diego Llorente and Raphinha who joined the club in the late stages of the international transfer window.

That deadline has now passed, meaning that Leeds are limited to signing players from the EFL.

Several players have been linked with a move before Friday's deadline, one of whom is Louie Sibley.

The Derby County starlet burst onto the scene last term and has gone on to make 22 appearances for the Rams, scoring five goals in the process.


That has led to significant interest from Bielsa's side, however according to former striker Darren Bent, it's important that Leeds don't overpay for a player who still has plenty of improvements to make.

Speaking to Football Insider, Bent said: “You’re buying potential.

“I watched Louis Sibley a lot last year, I really like him and I think he’s a good player.

“At the same time, after he scored the hat-trick against Millwall people started to mark him more and pay him a bit more attention and to be fair he struggled with that little bit more scrutiny on him with opposition teams setting up to stop him.

“As far as buying potential, he’s got all the potential to go to the very top.


“For me, £10million is very, very steep.”

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

There's no doubt that Louie Sibley is a top, top talent.

Described by Phillip Cocu as 'special', the Derby County youngster is someone who is destined for a career at the very highest level.

However I'm not sure that a move is in his best interests just yet.

Sibley has plenty of improvements to make and he would certainly benefit from playing regular first team football.

That's unlikely to be guaranteed at Leeds United in the Premier League, and that's why it may not be the best idea.

At Derby he can continue to thrive and learn his trade - something which will be key to him fulfilling his potential.

I've no doubt that Sibley will be playing in the top flight before long, but patience is definitely required with this one.

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