Manager comments re-open door to reported Leeds move for 26-year-old international
By Danny Wright
Leeds have had their hopes of signing Alexandru Maxim boosted after his Stuttgart manager publicly criticised him.
Stuttgarter Nachrichten originally reported that Garry Monk wanted to bring the Romanian international to Elland Road, but after no success in January a move could still be in the offing after Hannes Wolf’s latest comments.
The Stuttgart boss was quoted by the Daily Star as saying: “The subject with Alex is always the intensity in which he plays.”
His comments came before his side took on Karlsruher, in which Maxim ironically grabbed a crucial assist in his first appearance for a month.
Maxim has played 21 games in all competitions this season, scoring twice and providing six assists.
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He featured heavily at the beginning of the campaign but has been a bit-part player since suffering an injury in December.
The 26-year-old midfielder, who can also play on the left wing, has made 27 appearances for Romania and has scored two goals.
Maxim was a part of the Stuttgart side that got relegated from the Bundesliga last season.
Die Roten are currently top of 2. Bundesliga and look set to secure an instant return to the German top flight.
Football Insider Verdict
When a manager openly criticises a player in front of the media it’s never a good thing and it looks like a move away from Stuttgart in the summer is becoming more of an option for Maxim. His team will more than likely be a Bundesliga club come the start of next season and if he’s struggled for game time in the German second-tier, then he’s going to find it even tougher in the top one. Leeds should probably avoid Maxim if they get promoted this season because he clearly isn’t showing the signs of a player that can cut it in Europe’s top leagues. However if they fail to go up, Maxim could play a key part of their promotion push in the next campaign.
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