Leeds have today been linked with one of the best young players in Scotland John McGinn. The Hibernian midfielder is certain to move on the near future but is probably going to attract interest from Premier League club such is his ability from the middle of the park. According to Alan Nixon Leeds are keen on the player who will cost around £5 million.
McGinn is one of those players you stump up for but one you can almost assure you’ll get more than your money back. He reminds me a lot of Jonny Howson a few years ago and I don’t say that lightly. Most of the talent in Scotland comes from Celtic we know that but there are another players who catch the eye and head south, making a big impact in Scotland, we have benefitted in recent years. The likes of Robert Snodgrass and Ross McCormack have both started their careers in the north and McGinn is performing at a level neither of those reached before they got moves to England. The £5 million asking price is big but he will increase in value when he gets going at a new club. Their will be lower league Premier League clubs interested and also more realistically Celtic where he has been touted for a move. He is expected to be a key part of the Scotland set-up going forward.
Leeds don’t really need a central midfielder but McGinn would take Leeds up a notch. He’s very different to anything we have and would go well in a two with Adam Forshaw or Ronaldo Vieira. He get’s on the ball and drives with it, creates goals from all over the pitch and also grabs his fair share. At times the Scottish league looks too easy for him which is the case for the more talented players. I honesty can’t see Leeds stumping up the £5 million because we do have options in that area of the park and have Mateusz Klich returning from his loan spell in Holland. If we did go for it the wages wouldn’t be ridiculous and we would improve significantly but the Premier League or Celtic do seem like the most likely outcome.