Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has claimed to Football Insider that Wigan Athletic’s Sean McGurk could go straight into the Leeds United first team if he signs for the club this summer.
The Latics youngster has been strongly linked with a departure from the DW Stadium, and has been linked with a move to Elland Road in more recent times, with football journalist Alan Nixon claiming on Twitter that he still expects the player to sign for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
A versatile midfield player by trade, McGurk is amongst many promising youngsters to have come through Wigan’s academy in recent years and could follow in the footsteps of Joe Gelhardt by making the move to Yorkshire.
Speaking about the prospect of Leeds bringing the youngster in during the summer, Phillips was quick to state the following:
“The business they do on the under-23s side, they do it for a few reasons.
“One, to try and get them in and comfortable so they can be in and around the first team but a lot of clubs now bring them in with a view to moving them on for a profit.
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“You’d like to think him coming to Leeds will get him an opportunity, we all know that area of the pitch is somewhere Leeds will look at this summer.
“Maybe they’ll have one in the 23s and have him that could maybe do a job in the first team.”
McGurk has a current contract with the Latics which expires in the summer of this year and could well be set to depart the club for nothing.
Phillips is spot on about the transfer policy that is being employed by the powers that be at Elland Road and it could well be a case that Leeds are looking to bring him in before selling him on for profit.
It’s a good tactic to employ and usually secures good financial windfalls further down the line through fees that are paid upfront for players and sell on clauses that are inserted into contracts.
McGurk will inevitably move on from the DW Stadium this summer and I think Leeds would offer him a good environment to develop his game further, even if that means he plays for the 23s for a few months.
Bielsa has shown that he can develop youth in a good manner and with Wigan needing to balance the books, getting McGurk and several other players off the wage bill will be viewed as a necessity.