Leeds Utd looking to ex-Wigan Athletic loanee to secure promotion, 3 things he will bring

According to Football Insider, Leeds Utd are eyeing up one of Chelsea’s rising stars. 19-year-old Reece James is the man they want to help them with their promotion campaign.

Leeds are currently 5th in the Championship. They’re hoping they can secure promotion this season. However, there’s still a long way to go.

January will offer them the chance to bring someone new in. Reece James is apparently the man they’re after

Although he is currently a rising star in the Premier League, fans of the Championship will also recognise him. He had a loan spell with Wigan last season and made a huge impact.

In his time with the Latics, he was voted a fan and player favourite for the year. He also earned himself a spot in the Championship team of the year. But what will he offer Leeds if a deal was to go ahead?

Versatility

Known as a right-back, the teenager can also operate the right-wing. He’s also not a stranger to being used as a centre back or being put in central midfield.

This is something that is vital to a team pushing for promotion. James would offer them options in time of need.

If there was an injury or things weren’t working at all, he’s a player that can be moved around the field. However, Chelsea is also using that to their advantage. Negotiations would have to be made to get him to move.

Strengths

WhoScored.com have a long list of characteristics that compliment him.

Crossing as direct free kicks are listed as very strong attributes. Passes, long shots, dribbling and taking set pieces are also strong qualities.

These are all things that make him a great footballer. His senior debut for Frank Lampard’s side last month was against Grimsby in a cup game. He played at right-back and provided one goal and one assist in a 7-1 win. That’s the kind of player Leeds need.

Determination

As well as skill, the stats and versatility he knows what it’s like to fight for the game.

He’s worked his way up throughout Chelsea’s youth ranks. A spell at Wigan also offered him experience and now he’s impressing in the Premier League.

Leeds will have to hope that he’s ready for another loan spell.