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Leeds United are reportedly keen on signing Derby County midfielder Jason Knight, as per Football Insider.
Knight has been a key player under Wayne Rooney this season, making 24 appearances across all competitions and scoring three goals.
The 19-year-old broke into the first-team under Phillip Cocu, and it has been a fine couple of years for the young Irishman, who was handed his international debut in October.
West Ham and Burnley have also been linked with Knight, with Leeds United now believed to be showing an interest.
Able to play out wide or in central midfield, here, we discuss Leeds United’s reported interest in the midfielder…
There was a lot of hype around Louie Sibley and Max Bird at Derby, but Knight is actually the midfield player that looks to have the most quality.
For Leeds, he’d be a great signing.
Knight is young and fits the profile of what Leeds look for in transfers. There’s room for him to develop and he also offers an exciting young option in the first-team.
His skillset means he’d be perfect for one of the advanced midfield positions ahead of Kalvin Phillips, easing the burden on Mateusz Klich and providing a like-for-like alternative to someone like Jamie Shackleton.
For me, it’s not a deal to do this January, but one that should definitely be explored as we move into the summer.
This is a typical Leeds United transfer link, and I love it.
Can you name each of these 17 ex-Derby County players just by looking at these 3 clues?
I think this would be a smart addition to the Leeds squad.
I wouldn’t expect Knight to go straight into their starting XI, but he’s certainly a player that could thrive under the management of Marcelo Bielsa.
We’ve already seen with the likes of Pascal Struijk and Jamie Shackleton what Bielsa can do with younger players, and how they can develop into regular first-team players, so signing Knight would be a smart move by the club.
We’ve already seen glimpses of his exciting potential whilst with Derby County this season, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was tempted by a move to Elland Road, with Leeds currently playing their football in the Premier League.
This move ticks all the right boxes for Knight, especially given that Derby are struggling for any sort of momentum this season in the Championship.