By Danny Mills

3rd Aug, 2021 | 2:35pm

Mills tells O'Brien to 'get up to scratch' as Leeds close in on move

Lewis O’Brien may find it difficult to break into the Leeds United starting XI if he was to complete a move from Huddersfield Town, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted competition for places is “fierce” under Marcelo Bielsa who would have no issue with snubbing O’Brien.

Football Insider learned on 31 July O’Brien is “keen” to join Leeds if a deal can be agreed with Huddersfield.

This site broke the news United had opened talks to sign the Englishman and the latest update from a club source is negotiations are ongoing.

The Sun’s Alan Nixon reported on 1 August Huddersfield value the midfielder, 22, at £10million.

Asked for his assessment of a potential deal, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It’s difficult.

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“A team like Leeds are very settled. They have a way of playing, an understanding of what the manager wants. It’s hard work.

“We know that Bielsa has brought in players before and if they are not up for it they’ve been left out and haven’t managed to break into that.

“A lot of onus is on the player. You know what you’re getting into when you go to Leeds, everybody knows how fierce it is, the standards you have to get to.

“He wants to go to Leeds, but you have to understand it’s your responsibility to make sure you’re up to scratch.”

Leeds have turned their attention to O’Brien after Conor Gallagher opted to join Crystal Palace on loan.

O’Brien has played 82 times across all competitions for Huddersfield, including 42 Championship appearances last term.

In other news, a Leeds United favourite has “trebled his wages” after quitting Elland Road.