USA international key to Leeds move for Swansea youngster

Date published: Sunday 17th January 2021 10:11 - Neil Foster

Leeds United are reportedly keen on Swansea City’s exciting midfielder Yan Dhanda and will battle Bournemouth for his signature.

The 22-year-old has caught the attention of a few clubs following a solid spell for the Swans. Having been on the first-team fringes, the pacey schemer has now proved his worth to Steve Cooper’s side.

He has made nine starts among 12 Championship appearances and bagged his only goal of the campaign against Middlesbrough back in December. Dhanda enjoyed 17 outings in 2019-2020, scoring three times but was more of an impact player from the bench.

Having come through the Liverpool youth set-up, the Birmingham-born winger joined Swansea in May 2018. He played mainly for the Under-23s in his first season at the Liberty Stadium.

But he was also given a taste of the big time, making five league appearances that season.

Progress has possibly been slower than hoped. However, after admitting talks with Cooper before Christmas, he has now made the breakthrough.

The former England Under-17 ace has helped the Welsh outfit to second in the table. They beat Barnsley 2-0 on Saturday to sit behind Norwich and are in great shape to challenge for promotion.

Dhanda did not feature at Oakwell but is still on Leeds’ radar. His pace and power would fit in with the Whites’ attacking philosophy.

Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics have helped the Yorkshire outfit to 12th in the standings but he is always looking to improve his squad. That could mean a move for Dhanda but it is open to debate as to whether Swansea would sell.

Much could depend on whether they manage to secure a deal for Seattle Sounders winger Jordan Morris. The 26-year-old USA international has been linked and his arrival would open the door for Dhanda to leave.

Bournemouth might have a say in proceedings as they are also said to be keen. The Cherries are right in the thick of the Championship promotion race, one place behind Swansea.

David Brooks may well be on his way to Aston Villa this month and Dhanda could be the ideal replacement. There is also interest from abroad, with Marseille, Red Bull Leipzig and Atalanta all thought to be monitoring the situation.

Bielsa questioned

Bielsa has been roundly praised for the way he has turned Leeds around to become a top-flight club once again. They are most people’s second favourite club due to their exciting brand of football.

But pundit Noel Whelan aimed a jibe at the Argentinian after he suggested Jack Harrison could be used a striker.

“You sometimes can’t put square pegs in round holes and that’s exactly what we’re saying here,” he told Football Insider. “That just tells you that we’ve got no strength in depth in that centre-forward position, in my opinion.”

The Peacocks lost 1-0 to Brighton on Saturday with Patrick Bamford up front.

 

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