Former Leeds United attacker Noel Whelan believes that Ben Brereton fits the profile for the type of player that his former club would look to sign, after the attacker was linked with a move to Elland Road.
The 22-year-old’s reputation has grown in recent weeks after his impressive performances in the Copa America for Chile. Brereton has helped La Roja to the knockout stages and he will expect to be involved when they take on hosts Brazil this weekend.
Once the tournament is over, the former Nottingham Forest man could have a decision to make on his future, after it was claimed that the Whites had been monitoring the player.
And, speaking to Football Insider, Whelan explained how Brereton would fit into Leeds’ transfer approach of recent windows.
“We’re looking for a certain player at a certain age. I think when you look at the signings Marcelo Bielsa has made, they’re for the future. Generally, we’re looking around that 21, 22, 23 mark to get the very, very best out of these young players.
“They are going to fit into a very, very young squad as well. We’re growing for the future, we’re looking for the future. Not just to buy and sell in two years but to buy, keep and challenge.”
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You can’t really argue with Whelan here as he is right with identifying how Leeds have approached the market in recent years.
They are targeting younger players who have the potential to improve, so Brereton fits into that bracket and it’s no surprise that his performances have attracted attention.
That’s not to say a move seems likely this summer, but given his age and experience, there will be many top-flight clubs monitoring his situation.
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