It looks like Leeds could be getting one more Irishman to join the fine list of players from down the years.
With the Pontus Jansson transfer now firmly in the rear-view mirror, now is the time for Leeds to get serious about finding his replacement. Marcelo Bielsa has already made some good deals when it comes to the attack, but the centre-back position has largely been forgotten, and Leeds fans are starting to get worried about it.
Luckily, they have just been handed a boost, with one of their targets set to be on the move this summer.
According to Pundit Arena, young Internazionale defender Ryan Nolan has made the decision to leave the San Siro, with just a year remaining on his contract and now officially being too old to play for the U19s team, he shall look for a new adventure. However, Leeds face a battle between Premier League sides Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City for his signature.
Whilst this may go down as another move for the academy to go along with the likes of Rafa Mujica and Guillermo Amor, I actually think that there’s potential for him to make his way straight into the first team. The fact that he was given the armband for the majority of last season with Inter’s U19 team shows that he’s got a level of maturity. On top of all that, he’s a proven winner, so hopefully, he could bring some of that winning mentality to Elland Road, and let’s face it after last season, Leeds need all the help that they can get to get themselves over the line.
I’d much rather they go for someone who has more Championship experience, like Cameron Carter-Vickers, however with a value at £135k – although there’s always room for negotiations – then this represents a low-risk move for Leeds United to make.
We’ve seen how moves away have helped the likes of Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson develop their games, so maybe spending time in a country that emphasises so much of their efforts on the art of defending, combined with Marcelo Bielsa’s defensive capabilities can see that talent translate into the English game.
This looks like it could be a match made in heaven, but Leeds need to act quick, with Premier League teams snooping around him as well, it may be a case of first come first served.