Liel Abada was a relative unknown when Celtic paid £3m to sign him from Israeli side Maccabi Petah Tikva but his form north of the border is attracting interest from Southampton and other English clubs – Leeds should be one of those.

The 21-year-old has been a constant source of goals and assists for Celtic since joining the club in the summer of 2021. Clocking up 78 Celtic appearances, he has had a hand in 39 goals. A goal or an assist in every two games. Incredible.

The Record report that Southampton and other Premier League clubs want to sign the nine-time Israel international. It is unclear how much Celtic would want for Abada, but it is likely that Celtic would only consider an eight-figure fee.

Clearly good enough for the Premier League – and the Scottish Premiership, especially Old Firm sides, have shown they can be a good scouting pool for the top tier of English football. So, should Leeds make a move for Abada in January?

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Celtic attacker Abada is attracting interest: Leeds should be one of those

The Whites do have options out wide. Crysencio Summerville, Willy Gnonto, Jack Harrison and Luis Sinisterra. But Summerville and Gnonto are still young and should not be relied upon to make the difference. Sinisterra is injured.

Indeed, he has been more injured than not since joining Leeds. Suspended, too. Harrison’s form is very up and down. So, improvement out wide could be something Jesse Marsch targets. But another body helps other positions, too.

Leeds could do with another body up front – with Patrick Bamford undergoing more surgery. Gnonto plays up front for Italy and Sinisterra can play up top, too. So, signing a winger may allow Gnonto or Sinisterra to play as a striker.

Abada has bags of pace, skill, goals and assists. His decision making in the final third is unwavering. If Southampton are keen on Abada, Leeds should be too. He could take Leeds to the next level, especially, given he is only 21.

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