Lewis O’Brien would “stiffen” up Leeds United’s midfield according to former Everton and Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell.
United have been linked with a move for the Huddersfield midfielder in recent weeks but time is running out to tie down the Terriers man with under a week until the window slams shut.
Kalvin Phillips missed the opening day defeat to Manchester United as the clash came too soon after he prominently featured in England’s run to the final at Euro 2020.
A resounding defeat to their rivals highlighted the reliance on the Leeds midfielder, who captained the Whites for the first time in their 3-0 win over Crewe in the Carabao Cup earlier this week.
Ex-Premier League forward Campbell noted Phillips’ prominence in the squad and thinks the introduction of O’Brien would bolster the midfield department.
“They are weaker without Kalvin Phillips in there, for sure,” he told Football Insider.
“The Man United game, I thought they’d have lost without him anyway. But he is so important to them and it is massive for Leeds to have him back.
“But O’Brien does stiffen that midfield up. He’s a really, really good player. I think they will definitely look to strengthen.”
The 22-year-old featured in the 1-0 win over Preston North End, with many fans suspecting it would be his last hurrah at the John Smith’s Stadium.
But since then he has featured in back-to-back games, including a start in the win over Sheffield United and as a second-half substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Everton.
Reportedly valued at £5m, Leeds will have to work hard to tie him down, with the transfer window due to close next Tuesday. So far this summer, they have added Junior Firpo, Kristoffer Klaesson and made Jack Harrison’s move to Elland Road permanent.