Leeds United have been linked with the first Englishman to play for Juventus first team since David Platt in 1992.
Former Arsenal striker, Stephy Mavididi, has been linked back to England in a loan deal after he joined the Old Lady back in August, reports Team Talk.
Mavididi, 21, has been playing for Juve U23s for the majority of the season, but made his Serie A debut as a second-half substitute against SPAL in April, where Juve ended up losing 2-1.
He has been playing in Serie C for most of the season – where Juventus U23s play – and has scored six goals in 32 league games.
Mavididi has some limited experience in the Football League playing for both Preston and Charlton on loan. He’s played 17 games in League One scoring two goals and played 10 Championship games without scoring.
With Leeds already having two accomplished centre forwards in Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford, we have assessed some of the potential consequences that could happen if Mavididi was to join the West Yorkshire club.
1. Less game time for other youngsters
If Mavididi joined the club then it’s likely that another youngster at the club could miss out on first team opportunities – which might not be worthwhile considering that he’d only come on loan.
Baring in mind Leeds have both Roofe and Bamford, and Bielsa prefers to play a 4-1-4-1, then it’s hard to see where Mavididi slots in – unless he comes on from the bench.
Considering that Leeds have a prospect in Ryan Edmondson, 18, that is showing promising signs within the youth team, a move for Mavididi has the potential to halt his development.
If Mavididi joins on loan and is only going to be a bench player for Leeds, then the club needs to question what they’re getting from the deal; it might benefit them more in the long run to play their up-and-coming talents.
2. Roofe off?
There has been a lot of rumours about Kemar Roofe leaving the club this summer, and if Mavididi is wanted as a first teamer then this could potentially be his replacement.
Bielsa might be interest in Mavididi as his pace is something that he shares with Roofe, and his ability to press suits the Leeds style and system.
3. Money to be invested elsewhere
If Leeds sign Mavididi on loan then they would have invested very little in finding another attacking option, perhaps hinting that they are looking to spend big on other positions in the squad.
United are reportedly keen to sign a winger and could up spending more of their budget on that position – Helder Costa has been linked by the Yorkshire Evening Post.