Leeds United have reportedly shown interest in Liverpool’s teenage prospect, Yan Dhanda. The Peacocks are in pursuit of a newer looking squad as they hope for a fruitful 2018-19 season.
New transfers and fresher ideas could be the way out for Paul Heckingbottom, who has won just four matches with Leeds since replacing Thomas Christiansen. Liverpool’s starlet is known for his attractive, crafty style of football, which has seen a number of clubs fight for his signature.
The newly-relegated Swansea City are the front-runners, followed by Bristol City and Leeds, of course. The Swans are expected to chart out a different style of football prior to their new era in the second division. Hence, the faithfuls at Liberty are planning to offer him first team football.
The prodigy is the first player of Indian origin to join Liverpool on a professional contract, which ends in this transfer window. Back in 2015, he was signed from the youth setup of West Bromwich Albion, for a deal worth £200,000.
The U-23 footballer is totally aware of the competition in the world-class midfield that Liverpool contains, which only means he has rejected a new contract.
The 19-year-old was a part of Walsall, Aston Villa, Birmingham and West Brom before featuring for the Reds. He has also won caps for England at the U-16 and U-17 levels. Five years ago, he won the ‘Up and Coming Asian Player of the Year’ accolade, which was presented to him at the Wembley stadium.
Along with the enterprise that he’s got in his armoury, Dhanda is a versatile player, who can play on either side of the wings or as a number 10 – his most favoured position.
In the Premier League 2 this season, the Birmingham-born youngster has netted five times and assisted once, illustrating his explosive footballing style.
Worth the buy?
Although he is a highly rated midfielder, Leeds United should go for him only if he plays second fiddle to another player. This is only because one cannot bank on every teenager to supply goals and assists on a consistent basis and carry a team on their young shoulders. If the Whites aspire big, they need to grant him first-team football, but not week in week out.
Also to mention, Dhanda would be a better addition to Bristol City, who focus on the upliftment of the youth.