Leeds United have been crying out for a winger all season and Neil Redfearn will look to explore his options with his squad but it’s now time to bring someone in, and Wigan winger James McClean could be that person.
Leeds have been lacking a traditional winger, using the versatile Sam Bryam and right-back Charlie Taylor on the flanks this season which brings its troubles to the back line.
With Scott Wootton replacing both Bryam and Taylor on the right, Wooton doesn’t look comfortable compared to his natural centre-back role.
McClean has scored six goals and provided six assists, enough to make him the club’s top goalscorer this season (highlighting Wigan’s dismissal season), only one midfielder at Leeds has higher than the Irishman, Alex Mowatt.
The Whites will know about McClean from when he helped the Latics to a 2-0 win at Elland Road on Boxing Day, scoring one and setting up the other.
He also only has one-year left on his contract and with the club relegated to Sky Bet League One the Latics look sure to cash in on the winger.
The winger also has experience in the Premier League with Sunderland for two years, making 70 appearances and scoring 11 goals for the Black Cats.
McClean has reported interested from many Premier League, Championship and even MLS clubs, so if Leeds were to go for the 26-year-old, they may have face a battle for him.
The Irish international received a well deserved ‘Wigan Athletic’s Player of the Year Award’ this week after performing brilliantly despite a horrific season for the club on-and-off the field.
Whatever the situation with Neil Redfearn and the club transpires to this summer, either way they should go for McClean and could sign a great addition to the squad for a small fee too.