An update has emerged on Leeds’ persecution of Celtic defender Leo Hjelde regarding the player’s thoughts on a possible move.
What is the talk?
According to Football Insider, Leeds United has offered Celtic center-back Leo Hjelde a deal whose contract with the Scottish giants expires next summer.
The report claims he is interested in signing for the Yorkshire-based club who believe they have great potential to become a Premier League star in the future.
Would Hjelde be a good new addition?
Bielsa will hum
Bielsa will be delighted with the news as it looks like a transfer for Hjelde is on the horizon. The player wants to make it happen and Leeds seem serious about making a deal as they have already proposed a deal to him. Whether or not it happens this summer is a moot point as it is out of the contract next year, which means the whites could bide their time and grab him for a compensation fee.
Either way, Leeds would hire a player with real potential to bolster the academy. He wouldn’t be an immediate addition to the first team, so Bielsa can take her time with the defender and work with him on the training pitch at short notice without expectations. The center-back will only turn 18 next month and still have his entire career ahead of him, which Bielsa could love as he has the chance to help him reach his potential.
Earlier this year, Ross County boss John Hughes named him the next Virgil van Dijk and announced that Leeds wanted him in January before he was loaned to his club. He said:
“Leo will be the next Van Dijk – trust me.
“The quality he showed, the physical challenge of playing real men’s football and facing it – it was a wonderful experience for Leo.
“Before he came, Leeds United was after him. I think he had to renew his contract for the loan to come through.
Hjelde has already seen professional football at a decent level. He played eleven games under Hughes in Ross County in the Scottish Premiership, averaging a grim WhoScored 6.47. However, his senior performance at the age of 17 is undetectable, and it is more important that he has the experience under his belt.
So if Leeds can get him in the current window, a loan move to a local football league club where he could play regular first-team soccer while still being able to train with Bielsa two or three times a week could be the perfect scenario . This would allow him to get his first team experience to develop his game while also being able to learn from the Argentine head coach on the training pitch.
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