This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Derby County youngster Louie Sibley is of interest to Leeds United in the final days of the transfer window, according to Football Insider.
The young ace is starting to become one of the brightest talents to watch in the EFL and is regularly impressing for the Rams.
That, then, is attracting the interest of the likes of Leeds according to this report, but would he be a good signing for the Whites?
Some of the team here at FLW discuss…
Sibley is a very talented boy and has a bright future, however I don’t think a move to Leeds right now, at this stage of his career, would be worthwhile.
Leeds’ transfer strategy over the last season or two has clearly been about securing players who have the potential to grow and excel into top stars in the future, and Sibley firmly falls into that category.
At just 19, Sibley has showcased his quality in the Championship and has proven he can score and assist goals, but it’s important to remember his age, he’s still very young and needs first-team action to develop and mature as a player.
If Leeds did seal a deal here, you’d imagine he’d be utilised mainly in the club’s under-23 side and for me in that respect, it’d be a downgrade in the short-term for Sibley.
A loan back to Derby would be the best option here, but in truth, I just cannot see the Rams being willing to depart with one of their most prized young assets.
This could be an excellent addition to the Leeds team.
Sibley was brilliant for Derby County last season, and I’m not surprised to hear that he’s attracting interest from a club the size of Leeds United.
Marcelo Bielsa certainly strikes me as the sort of manager that could make Sibley even better than he currently is, and I think the Whites would be making a smart addition if they were to land his signature.
You would imagine that Derby are eager to keep Sibley at the club for the foreseeable future though, so Leeds will have to fight hard to secure a deal to sign the youngster.
This could be one of the signings of the season if he can hit the ground running at Elland Road.
Some would suggest that having played just 20 matches in first-team football that a Premier League move might be too soon for Sibley.
But having covered Derby’s 3-2 victory at Millwall post-lockdown, he already appears to have the ability to grace the topflight. On that particular day, the teenager ran the game, taking home the match ball, and in truth, could have had six or seven on another day, had it not been for some poor finishing.
Only four Leeds players found the net more often than Sibley – who made less than half the appearances compared to those – and with Pablo Hernandez turning 36 at the end of the campaign, Sibley could be the perfect replacement.