Leeds backed to win James McAtee race

Specialist Kevin Campbell believes Leeds United would be the ‘best’ destination for Manchester City striker James McAtee, Football Insider report.

The Truth: Leeds Links

McAtee, principally an attacking midfielder who has also played on the wing and as a centre-forward, has been linked with a move to Elland Road this summer.

Los Blancos were first credited with an interest in McAtee after Manchester City talks for Kalvin Phillips, with The daily mail recently revealed that City could grant a loan exit if clubs can guarantee him regular playing time.

Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Villarreal all show a ‘strong interest’ in the 19-year-old, who was tagged as ‘stunning‘ by BBC journalist Jordan Elgott.

The latest: Campbell’s comments

Campbell, who contributes to sky sportswas talking to FI regarding McAtee after learning of interest from Leeds, Forest and Villarreal.

The pundit believes a move to Elland Road would be the ‘best’ as he believes McAteee would ‘get game time’ in Yorkshire.

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“He must be in the Premier League.

“I’ll tell you why, that’s where he wants to cut his mustard. This is where he has to prove himself.

“It’s not the same to go out in Spain. If you can come in and play in the Premier League, that would be better.

“Yes, these clubs are not a Man City but you play against the top clubs week in and week out. Pep Guardiola must know you can cut him.

“You learn about the character of the players when the chips are down. Are you still doing the right things when you’re down 3-0? Are you still working?

“I think he has a lot of good choices but I think Leeds would be the best. He would get playing time there next season.

The Verdict: Avoid

If Leeds are to guarantee minutes for a young player who will only be at Elland Road for one season, it might be best to avoid a move altogether.

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Los Merengues already have plenty of exciting youngsters coming up, including summer arrivals Darko Gyabi and Sonny Perkins, so including the pair with long-term futures in more matchday squads instead of signing McAtee for the season could be a more sensible decision.

Sam Greenwood will also be able to provide a similar versatile option to McAtee and has first-team experience under his belt, so if no permanent deal is on the cards then this might just be the right call to look elsewhere.

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