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‘Seems an excellent price for the Whites’ – Leeds United enter £8m race for EFL star: The verdict



This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Leeds United have joined Premier League rivals Burnley and Newcastle United in the pursuit of Derby County midfielder Jason Knight, as per The Times.

The 20-year-old has been a vital asset for Wayne Rooney’s men this term in their brave battle against relegation, being deducted 21 points but fighting back to give themselves a real chance of survival.

However, this month could be crucial to their promotion chances, with the Rams currently under a transfer embargo and one of their key midfielders in Graeme Shinnie leaving Pride Park yesterday for Wigan Athletic in a reported £30,000 agreement.

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A failure to secure a preferred bidder soon, with disputes against Middlesbrough and Wycombe Wanderers holding up the process, could force the club’s administrators to cash in on more players as they look to have their transfer embargo lifted and stay afloat whilst they try to get over various obstacles in the takeover process.

Leeds are one side that could take a Knight off their hands, having also monitored fellow Championship midfielders John Swift and Lewis O’Brien in the past year. According to The Times, he is available for £8m for interested clubs looking to lure one of Derby’s most prized assets away from the East Midlands.

Looking at this potential deal from a Leeds point of view, would he be a good signing for Marcelo Bielsa’s? Is he really needed at Elland Road? And is he worth £8m?

We asked three key questions to three of our writers at Football League World writers. Let’s have a look at what they had to say below.

George Dagless

He’s certainly a player lots of top-flight clubs should be looking at.

He’d be a good signing for Leeds United given his potential and the chance he would have to progress working under Marcelo Bielsa.

Is he ready for the Premier League right now? I think the jury would be out but you’d certainly give him a go and see what he could do, with there always room for him to head out on loan if needs be – though there’d be every chance he’d take to it like a duck to water.

As for the price-tag, I think that’s about right in all fairness. I am sure Leeds will feel they can get him for less given Derby’s predicament but the way the market is these days that is around the sort of fee you’d expect to pay for a player with Knight’s quality and potential.

Ben Wignall

In my mind, Knight is now a real classy operator at Championship level without really having the numbers to back it up this season.

It was the Ireland international’s debut season in 2019-20 when he played 31 times in the Championship and scored six goals where he really burst onto the scene and whilst he’s not been able to produce numbers like that since, he brings a lot more to a team than goals.

Despite being just 20 years of age, Knight possesses leadership qualities and is able to operate on the right, left or through the middle of the park with his best position arguably being the latter.

Is he worth the £8 million fee touted? I’d say so as he still has a lot of time to develop into a Premier League player – however is he ready to step straight into a team like Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds? I’m not so sure about that yet.

The Yorkshire side do lack a bit of quality in that area of the pitch though so it may be the right time to strike now whilst Derby are vulnerable, and who knows how good Knight could become after working under a manager like Bielsa.

Billy Mulley

Jason Knight has the ability levels, confidence and intelligence to break the Premier League barrier and star in England’s top-flight.

He has proven in the last couple of seasons that he is a key source of creativity and attacking drive at Pride Park, with the young attacker holding a lot of responsibilities in the early stages of his career.

Possessing the technical ability and vision to hurt teams from central areas, he also has the positivity and trickery to operate and produce on the wings.

He would certainly suit Leeds’ front foot, attacking play and could reach new levels under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa.

In regards to the £8 million price tag, it seems an excellent price for the Whites.

It would have been interesting to see the state of play if Derby did not find themselves operating under the financial constraints they are currently under.

A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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