Leeds United have recently been linked with a move for Burnley defender Ben Gibson, according to the Northern Echo, as Marcelo Bielsa looks to add depth to their squad to challenge for a long-awaited return to the Premier League.
The Whites narrowly missed out on promotion last term, after they were beaten by Derby County in their play-off semi-final.
In our latest FLW Spotlight, we look into Gibson’s statistics from last season in more detail.
Gibson was restricted in his game time in last year’s campaign with Burnley, largely due to the lack of squad rotation in the first-team squad.
In total, he only made one league appearance for Sean Dyche’s side, in a 5-1 defeat to Everton in December 2018.
So his statistics should be taken with a pinch of salt, but there are some positives that Leeds fans could see from one of their transfer targets this summer.
Gibson played in 453 minutes of action, which included game time in Burnley’s Europa League qualifying match against Olympiacos.
But it was a disappointing game for the central defender, whose most notable contribution in the game was to be sent off.
The former Middlesbrough defender attempted 158 passes, and with a pass success rate of 82.9%, it certainly makes for good reading for any potential suitors before the transfer window closes.
This will be one of the standout statistics that Leeds could have been drawn to, as Marcelo Bielsa likes his team to dominate possession during games.
Gibson blocked a total of six shots last season, and it would be interesting to see if he was as busy with Leeds, as they have been known to get on the front foot in the majority of their games from last year’s league campaign.
The 26-year-old won 26 aerial duels, which was a 61.5% success rate in that department, so he’ll know that there is certainly room for improvement in that area of his game.
With Pontus Jansson recently leaving Leeds to join Brentford, there is a sizeable void in the heart of the defence alongside Liam Cooper, and the Elland Road faithful should be confident that Gibson would be a good job for them if he was to sign.
He’s got a considerable amount of experience of playing at Championship level, and that will come in useful for Leeds as recent new arrival Ben White hasn’t got as much experience in senior football as Gibson does.
So it’s set to be an interesting few weeks ahead for Leeds, and it could potentially be a season-defining transfer window for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, as they look to strengthen their squad to help aid their promotion bid next term.