COMMENT By Richard Parks
Leeds United must pull out all the stops to sign Tom Rogic after it emerged today that he has rejected a new contract offer from Celtic and is ready to quit the club.
Australian outlet The World Game claims that the Hoops playmaker has turned down a new deal because he is unhappy with the terms on offer.
Intriguingly, Leeds tried to sign Rogic, 25, in 2016 before he signed the contract in August of that year that keeps him at Parkhead until June 2019.
The attacking midfielder, who World Game report is valued at £3.4million, is a genuine matchwinner and gamechanger who would be a brilliant capture for United.
They have a couple of technically gifted maestros in Samuel Saiz and Pablo Hernandez, but are lacking in attacking midfielders who can carry the ball long distances and create and score goals.
Rogic is adept at both, scoring 26 goals and supplying 21 assists from 119 Celtic appearances since joining the club in 2014.
Predominantly left-footed, he can dribble, has the vision to pick a pass and can finish from a range of distances.
He is also used to the demands of playing at a big club where expectations are high and there is pressure to deliver in every game.
If the reports from Australia are true Rogic could now be heading for the Parkhead exit door in the summer window as he looks to put himself in the shop window with a stellar World Cup.
Leeds must not wait that long. They should look to seal a deal before the World Cup, when Rogic’s price remains within manageable proportions for the cash-conscious Championship outfit.
He is good enough to transform their team.
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