Football writer Conor McGilligan has urged Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa to make a ‘really shrewd’ move and sign James Maxwell in the transfer market.
With January now upon us, players are free to move from one club to another once more. One footballer who could be set for a transfer this winter is the Rangers left-back. Indeed, as reported by the Daily Mail, the 20-year-old full-back – who is currently on loan with Ayr United in the Scottish Championship – is a potential target for Leeds.
While discussing the player on the One Leeds Fan Channel, McGilligan claimed that a number of clubs have also got their eye on Maxwell, but if Bielsa could make the move happen, it would be a very clever piece of business.
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The writer said: “Someone like Maxwell, this could be a really, really shrewd sign for Leeds United. There are many, many clubs across Europe looking at Maxwell.
“And it’s been making its way onto Rangers sites, Gers TV, Rangers TV news – it’s everywhere that Leeds United are looking at this guy.
“No smoke without fire, and it seems a very unique rumour for it not to hold any validation.”
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At the moment, Junior Firpo is the only natural senior left-back option Leeds have in their squad. If he was to suffer a significant injury, the club could be left in a hazardous position.
What’s more, with their form being pretty shaky across the season – they have won just four Premier League games this term – there is little margin for error in the second half of the campaign.
Maxwell has played 17 times during his current loan spell, scoring once and assisting three times. Although he may not be ready to make the jump to Premier League football straight away – as he has yet to play senior football for Rangers – having another option would at least provide some extra depth in the full-back position.