Leeds are reportedly set to target £4million rated Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke during the summer transfer window.
The 22 year old centre back has been a huge part of Portsmouth’s push for promotion from League One this season, and was part of the starting XI that lifted the Checkatrade Trophy on Sunday.
According to The Times, Clarke’s performances have seen him attract interest from both Leeds and Stoke ahead of the summer window.
Here’s a look at 2 pros and 2 cons of a potential move to Elland Road for the defender and his potential new side.
A premier opportunity
With results this weekend putting automatic promotion back in Leeds’ hands, it could be a Premier League club making a move for Clarke in the summer.
For a 22 year old like Clarke, who has barely even been tested in the Championship, that could be an opportunity that he never gets again, and one that he would understandably find hard to turn down.
Even if they aren’t a Premier League side by then, Leeds will still be one of the favourites for promotion next season, giving Clarke an early chance to write his name in Elland Road folklore.
A new option for Leeds
Leeds defence this season has largely been built on the central defensive pairing on Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson, and as effective as they have been, injuries and suspensions will come around in every area of the pitch at some point over the season.
When that happens in the central defensive area, having Clarke around would lessen the potential blow, and give him the chance to stake a claim for a regular starting spot at Elland Road.
Too big a step up?
As big an opportunity as the step up would be, there would also be a huge amount of pressure on Clarke, particularly if Leeds make it to the Premier League.
With the eyes of the watching him, any little slip from a man who’s Championship experience amounts to four very brief substitute appearances for Ipswich in 2015, would put him under immense pressure and scrutiny.
Pressure to play
If Leeds were to get Clarke, there could be an expectation to use him, given the money may have to spend on him. If they don’t, the decision not to spend elsewhere may come under scrutiny.
It could also put off other potential young stars making the step up from the lower leagues to Elland Road in the future, if they feel they are unlikely to get opportunities at Leeds themselves.