The Sun's Alan Nixon has shared some more insight into Leeds United's pursuit of Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O'Brien.
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While conducting a Q&A on Twitter yesterday, Nixon was asked more about the Yorkshire giants' interest and revealed that, while O'Brien wasn't Leeds' first-choice target, their pursuit was 'live'.
"Don’t think he’s top choice at this point," he wrote.
"But it’s live and Leeds are in make some signings mode now."
Could he fit in at Leeds?
Part of Marcelo Bielsa's charm is that he's coached players previously plying their trade in the Championship into becoming Premier League stars.
Indeed, the likes of Stuart Dallas, Kalvin Phillips, Luke Ayling and Liam Cooper all impressed at the top level last season during their first sustained campaigns amongst the elite. So, at 22, perhaps O'Brien could be moulded into a top-level talent.
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At Huddersfield last season, he averaged 2 tackles, 1 interception, 1.1 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game (via WhoScored) so would appear to have the engine to make an impact in both an attacking and a defensive sense, which could be key in a high-pressing team such as Leeds.
How much could O'Brien cost?
As a young, industrious and potentially fairly cheap option, O'Brien could be a smart signing to help give Bielsa more options in the middle of the park.
What has Carlos Corberán said about O'Brien?
Carlos Corberán is no stranger to Leeds United of course having worked on Bielsa's coaching staff at Elland Road and, back in April, he moved to praise the midfielder.
"We didn't have him first six or seven games," he told Yorkshire Live (via Leeds Live).
"In the moment he started to play, he didn't miss many minutes.
"He's not stopped. He's played every minute of every game. Minutes in a row are harder than when you get a rest.
"I think his progress has been excellent. I think he's a Premier League player."
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