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Leeds have been linked but should avoid, West Brom spell suggests best days are past him: Opinion



Leeds United are nearing the end of their most exciting season in years and one that could see them re-introduced to the Premier League.

The Whites were relegated from the top-flight 15 years ago and ever since there has been a constant yearning throughout the city to see them return to the division they feel they belong.

It is a decade and a half that has seen mangers-a-plenty, ownership changes, off-field drama and even relegation to League One, but Marcelo Bielsa now has them well on their way back to the big time.

On Saturday, they moved three points clear of Sheffield United in the race for automatic promotion after seeing off the Blades’ arch-rivals, Wednesday, 1-0 at Elland Road.

There have been plenty of twists and turns so nobody will be getting carried away, but it felt like a big, big win.

As is the case with modern football, however, there will always be one eye on the transfer window.

A few weeks ago, Leeds were linked, by Football Insider, with a summer move for Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen, who has been on loan with West Brom since January.

The Norwegian is set to become a free agent in the summer with his contract set to expire.

But even then, he is not somebody Leeds should be moving for.

Last season, Johansen was a real presence for Fulham as Slavisa Jokanovic’s side were promoted to the top-flight via the play-offs.

He scored eight goals and assisted eight more but quickly fell out of favour once in the Premier League before being snapped up by the Baggies in January.

Given his past showings in the second tier, it looked like a bit of a coup by Darren Moore but his performances since have shown that he is well past his prime.

Whilst he has retained a wicked dead ball delivery, from open play he has struggled badly to stamp his mark on proceedings.

Leeds certainly need an attacking midfield presence, but the 28-year-old is not the right man for the job.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Leeds have been linked but should avoid, West Brom spell suggests best days are past him: Opinion

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