Leeds United need more Premier League experience in the squad and a short-term move for Jesse Lingard could solve their problem.
That is the view of former Aston Villa and England striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the lack of options on Marcelo Bielsa’s bench.
Lingard has been targeted by Leeds’ Yorkshire and Premier League rivals Sheffield United, who, as revealed by Football Insider last week, have made moves to sign both him and teammate Brandon Williams this month.
Bielsa introduced Tyler Roberts, Ian Poveda and veteran Pablo Hernandez from the bench in Leeds’ 1-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
Of the nine-man bench, only Hernandez, who played 57 times in the top-flight for Swansea City, had started a Premier League before this season.
Lingard, 27, has 133 Premier League games under his belt but is yet to feature in the league this season.
ESPN report the England international is keen to leave Old Trafford and play regular first-team football after making just three appearances this term.
And Agbonlahor believes a switch to Elland Road would be a perfect option for him.
He told Football Insider: “Leeds United and Bielsa need more options.
“You look at the players coming on – it’s a 35-year-old in Pablo Hernandez, there was Tyler Roberts coming on.
“They need more Premier League experience all the way through the squad.
“I spoke about Jesse Lingard – he would be a good option on loan. He would bring some Premier League experience, he’s hungry too.
“They need it. It’s OK trying to bring these Championship players through and you want them to succeed. But sooner rather than later, you’re going to need that Premier League experience.
“Their bench looks very short and they need to sort that out in the transfer window.”