'I'd Love Him At Leeds' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts to big James Pearce claim
Noel Whelan “would love” to see Leeds United sign Liverpool striker Divock Origi next year.
The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 25-year-old has “all of the attributes Marcelo Bielsa looks for in a striker”.
The Athletic‘s James Pearce claimed last week that the Belgium international is “unlikely” to leave in January but the “clock is ticking” on his Anfield career.
Origi started just his third game of the 2020/21 campaign last week but failed to impress in a 2-0 home defeat against Atalanta.
Whelan wants another senior striker at Elland Road to provide competition for Patrick Bamford and identified Origi as the ideal fit.
“He would be a welcome addition at Leeds,” he told Football Insider.
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“He has got all of the attributes that Marcelo Bielsa looks for in a striker and he can play out wide as well. Bielsa likes players that can adapt across that front three.
“Leeds do not have many strikers, we only have one focal point in Patrick Bamford so Origi would fit straight into the side.
“He is great on the deck, even though he is a big fella and he would benefit from the crosses we get into the box.
“Leeds need another striker and I would love to see him at the club because he has a bit of everything – pace, trickery and strength.
“A player who is still young as well, he has loads of time.”
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