COMMENT By Will Butcher
Leeds could finally achieve promotion back to the Premier League for the first time since 2004 if they sign veteran playmaker Kris Commons from Celtic.
The 33-year-old could be available in a cut-price deal as his Celtic deal is set to finish in the summer of 2017, and he is yet to feature for Brendan Rodgers’s side this season as he continues to be frozen out of the first team.
The Yorkshire giants have struggled to score goals from midfield this season, with Pablo Hernandez’s two strikes making him the closest midfield challenger to striker duo Chris Wood, who has scored 11 times, and Marcus Antonsson, who has netted three goals.
With doubts surrounding the futures of Matt Grimes and Alex Mowatt, Leeds should consider a move for the Scotland international to give Hernandez some impressive competition.
Commons, who scored 91 goals in 223 league and cup encounters from midfield for the 47-time Scottish Champions, would add extra bite to Garry Monk’s attack.
Former Swansea manager Monk is also a fan of the 4-2-3-1 system which he has used at Elland Road as well as his former side to full effect.
The formation means there is only one space for an attacking midfielder, with one-time Spain international Hernandez currently occupying that spot as first choice.
But with the on-loan star currently nursing a hamstring strain, Leeds’ number 27 Kalvin Phillips filled in for the former Valencia man in the attacking midfield role on Sunday against Newcastle.
Away from his normal, deeper midfield slot, Phillips looked out of his depth despite being picked over the likes of Swansea loanee Matt Grimes and Alex Mowatt.
Commons also haves a wealth of Championship experience with Derby County and Nottingham Forest, with 259 appearances coming in England’s second division.
With Grimes only on loand and Mowatt, who is in a similar contract predicament as Commons, the Celtic star could be the perfect man to sign by Monk and his staff.
In other Leeds news, Marcus Antonsson has given his opinion on his current firs-team status.