Leeds touted, as Man Utd star tipped to force exit after deadline day arrival

Date published: Sunday 11th October 2020 8:48 - Steve Pearson


Leeds Utd have been touted as a suitable destination for a Man Utd star who has slid further down the pecking order following a deadline day acquisition.

The Red Devils left it late, but pulled the trigger on two eye-catching deals on deadline day last week.

Veteran Uruguayan Edinson Cavani arrived to bolster the forward ranks, while marauding defender Alex Telles is projected to assume the starting left-back role.

That will likely push Luke Shaw onto the bench, but a further consequence will be the hampered development of Brandon Williams.

The 20-year-old made 36 appearances in a breakthrough year last season. However, with the early rounds of the Carabao Cup completed and Man Utd now in the Champions League, opportunities for a third-choice left-back will be extremely limited.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was reportedly mulling over allowing Williams to leave on loan. Ultimately, no such decision was made ahead of last week’s deadline.

Now, a Premier League agent has insisted that young players like Williams will no longer settle for a backseat role.

“Younger lads that didn’t go on loan will force a move,” they told The Athletic (via The Express).

“The Carabao Cup is out of the window for the next two months as the rounds have already been played.

“Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour should go in January. Brandon Williams doesn’t want to be No 3 left-back at United.

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“He would be absolutely mental to not go somewhere like Leeds or Southampton. Or a top-half Championship club.”

Stuart Dallas is currently in possession of the starting left-back slot at Elland Road.

The Northern Irishman has adapted well to the higher level in the early going this season, but is also equally adept at playing in a more advanced role in midfield should an approach be made.

Saints, meanwhile, could also be viable escape route after the article noted the club explored bringing Williams in on loan late into the window.


Man Utd, Liverpool championing major shake-up


Meanwhile, bitter rivals Liverpool and Man Utd have been described as ‘driving forces’ behind a radical new proposal that would make sweeping wholesale changes to the English game.

The proposal, dubbed ‘Project Big Picture’, details plans that would address various aspects of domestic football’s structure.

The suggestions range from financial aid related to the Covid-19 pandemic, to increased power for the traditional ‘top six’ along with Everton, Southampton and West Ham. The proposal would be an overhaul on a scale not seen since the Premier League’s formation in 1992.

Details of the project were revealed exclusively by The Daily Telegraph, with powerhouses Liverpool and Man Utd described as ‘driving forces’ by The Daily Mail.

Read the 16-strong list of alterations, along with the Premier League’s swift response here.


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