There’s a lot of lessons from Leeds United’s draw at home to relegation threatened Sunderland.
However, instead of adding questions to the drawing board it seems that the club have focused on what pawns can be addd to the chess board.
Reports suggest that Leeds had their eyes set on a possible summer addition during their game with the Black Cats.
Which player? Lynden Gooch. Leeds are said to be very interested in the players ability and could potentially see him as a partner and eventual successor to the ageing Pablo Hernandez.
The 22-year old midfielder was a lynchpin in Sunderland’s attack at Elland Road and is clearly blessed with skill and pace akin (if not on the same level at this moment) to Leeds’ marvel Hernandez.
Gooch, who made his debut for Sunderland in August ‘15 has only featured 31 times for the wearside club but has now found his feet as the club struggle against relegation.
The young midfielder had an interesting start in English football, having originally signed for Sunderland at the age of 10, Gooch did not become a fully fledged player until his 16th Birthday. Instead he chose to travel to Sunderland and train during his summer holidays while staying at the Santa Cruz Breakers - a developmental squad in California.
Now a first team necessity, it is highly unlikely Sunderland will be able to keep the live-wire when there relegation is sealed in the coming weeks and Leeds are said to be ready to make a move.
A market value between £800k and £1.2mil means the player is a cut price option that adds strength in depth without breaking the bank, something Leeds will be very happy with.
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By Ryan Ingham