I have always written stories about players coming and going from Leeds despite the likely or unlikely nature, because it interests fans and gets them talking, that’s what it’s all about. Tom Rogic is the latest to be linked with Leeds after turning down a new deal at Celtic and as much as he would be a great signing, it seems a difficult deal to negotiate on a few levels.
Rogic is an important player at Celtic but the competition is tough in his favoured position. Celtic have a variety of players that can play in attacking midfield but as we saw in the recent Old Firm he is by far and away the most eye-catching, and he turns up when it really matters. He’s scored goals in finals and Old Firms, his most recent and absolute screamer as the Hoops trailed 1-0 at Ibrox to arch rivals Rangers. He’s also one of the most important players in the national team of Australia which begs the question, do Leeds have the resources to get a deal like this done?
The wages may be a stumbling block but I think competition for the signature would be the biggest, not even mentioning the transfer fee which would probably cost a fair chunk. The fact he’s turned down a new deal does make the situation slightly easier for clubs to prize the player away from Celtic. You would be looking at a fee of around £5 million so it could be done, but will that area of the squad be such a priority for Leeds? Either way he is a quality player, even though the standard of Scottish football isn’t great Celtic develop some very good players. Victor Wanyama, Virgil Van Dijk, Beram Kayal, Ki and Johanssen (Fulham) have all come down in recent years.