Marcelo Bielsa’s transfer plans could receive a heavy blow as Leeds United look set to lose the race for Fleetwood Town defender James Hill.
Leeds had targeted Hill as a potential new addition but Championship Bournemouth appear in good shape to sign the highly rated 20-year-old in this transfer window, According to DorestLive,
Hill’s contract with the Cod Army expires at the end of this season, which has drawn clubs to the prospect, but the club have opted to sell now with the Cherries expected to spend £ 1million.
But there shouldn’t be any disappointment in Hill going elsewhere. it’s time to put the matter aside and move on.
A highly-rated young England player always sparks the interest of clubs across the country and Hill is no different.
The list of clubs that have considered Hill includes Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and even Barcelona in Spain.
But signing, or not signing as is currently the case, of Hill will have no effect on Leeds United for the time being.
He was never going to waltz down Elland Road and command a starting spot from the start, so losing the race to sign him at Bournemouth is not something Leeds fans will lose sleep over.
The Whites need players who can play now to ensure they retain their Premier League status for another season.
And while it is always necessary to focus on the future, Leeds cannot afford to sacrifice the present.
All the focus in January should be on signing players who can have a positive impact on the first team from the moment they arrive.
Bielsa already has his young future star by the door this window with the arrival of Mateo Joseph Fernandez, he does not need another.
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