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Leeds United face competition from a number of clubs, if they wish to follow up their interest in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe, with a host of clubs expressing an interest in the 19-year-old midfielder, according to the Daily Mail.
Oakley-Boothe has struggled to make an impact with Spurs in his two years at the club and with Swansea, Huddersfield, Derby, Stoke and Reading all interested, a move away would seem likely this summer.
So would Oakley-Boothe be a good signing at Elland Road? Do they need him?
“I could see this being a good signing for Leeds.
“The Elland Road club have seen a number of young midfielders enjoy ample opportunity in their first team in recent years, and Oakley-Boothe is certainly someone to fit that mould.
“Given he is already on the fringes of Tottenham’s first team despite being just 17-years-of-age, you would imagine that the potential is definitely there for Oakley-Boothe to compete for a place in a Championship at the very least.
“With rumours around Kalvin Phillips refusing to go away, central midfield is an area where Leeds may just need to strengthen between now and the end of the summer transfer window, and beating a number of their Championship rivals to the signing of Oakley-Boothe is something that may go down rather well at Elland Road.”
“I feel like this might be a wasted signing for Leeds to look to complete this summer, and I’d be looking to avoid this given Oakley-Boothe’s age.
“There are plenty of young midfielders at Elland Road that are capable of stepping up into the first-team; Jordan Stevens, Alfie McCalmont and Robbie Gotts stand out.
“For me, I’d rather see Leeds invest time in that trio than turn to a Spurs youngster with no first-team experience.
“If Leeds do want to bring in a midfielder, it has to be a senior player capable of really pushing the likes of Mateusz Klich and Adam Forshaw.”
“Oakley-Boothe is a very talented young player, but it is hard to see him break into the first-team ahead of Kalvin Phillips or any other midfielder.
“Right now, he isn’t an upgrade on what Bielsa has to choose from in his squad, so I wouldn’t really get the point of this signing unless he’s a backup option for Phillips.
“At this stage of his career, Oakley-Boothe needs regular game-time and needs to be playing for a side week in, week out.
“I don’t think Leeds would provide him with that, and even though the Whites need to bolster their squad depth, they also need players who will push the likes of Phillips all the way.”