Leeds are clearly on the lookout for a new midfielder this summer. If last season taught us anything, it is that Leeds cannot cope without Kalvin Phillips. A new holding midfielder is required, as well as one that can operate in the six role – to relieve Stuart Dallas and Mateusz Klich.
On Wednesday, two new names were linked with Leeds. It was a day in which Tyler Roberts also signed a new deal with the club, until 2024.
Eljif Elmas – Napoli
The Athletic claim in a Radar report that Leeds have shown interest in 21-year-old Elmas over the past 12 months. Playing more than 80 times for Napoli since joining the club from Fenerbahce in 2019, Elmas is a proper talent. He is also a teammate of Gjanni Alioski with North Macedonia.
He is more suited to playing as a box-to-box midfielder and has been used as a six or an eight by Gennaro Gattuso over the last 12 months. Leeds have got to consider him purely for his potential.
Harrison Reed – Fulham
Reed could be keen to depart Scott Parker’s Fulham after the Cottagers were relegated from the Premier League. The ex-Southampton midfielder is said to have attracted the interest of numerous top-flight English clubs – and The Mail claim Leeds United are one of those.
Much more suited to playing the role currently filled by Phillips, Reed is more defensive than Elmas. But he is also more than adept at a box-to-box role.