Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Graham Smyth told his Q&A session on Wednesday that Leeds United are trying their “damnedest” to keep defender Max Wober at Elland Road – and can see the Austrian remaining with the club.
That is, even in the event of relegation. Wober, 24, did only join Leeds in the January window, after all. A signing made largely because of Jesse Marsch, given the American gaffer had worked with Wober during his Salzburg spell.
Wober has been key for Leeds during the second half of the season. He made an instant impact and whether it has been playing centre-back, left-back or in holding midfield, Wober has impressed Leeds fans. Relegation is nigh.
While some are expected to go – the likes of Illan Meslier, Willy Gnonto and others – it is impossible to tell with Wober given the defender only joined in January. Smyth says he can see Wober remaining at Leeds this summer.
That is, even if Leeds go down, which is looking more and more likely, ahead of this weekend’s final day in the League. The Athletic say Leeds are trying to keep Wober and Tyler Adams, and Smyth can see Wober staying.
“Leeds say that in the event of relegation they will try their damndest to keep the likes of Tyler Adams, Willy Gnonto and Max Wober. Wober is one I could see staying on, bringing leadership and quality to the back line,” Smyth said.
Smyth says Leeds are trying damnedest to keep Wober at Elland Road
Does Wober remain? Well, it would be a shame to see him go so suddenly after joining the club in January. While he he is only 24 and still young-ish, he is far better than the Championship. There will surely be clubs interested in him.
But, as Smyth suggests, he is more likely to stay. Having only just joined Leeds in January, you would expect Wober to stay put for at least a year. Give the club a chance to bounce back at the first opportunity, before moving on.