By Alex McLeish

30th Dec, 2021 | 7:00am

Pundit 'wowed' as Leeds plot to re-sign Barkley in January reported

Alex McLeish has backed Leeds United to sign Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley on loan in January.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted signing the 28-year-old would be “extremely shrewd business” from the Yorkshire giants.

As reported by the Daily Mail on Tuesday (28 December), Leeds and Everton are both interested in re-signing the midfielder from Chelsea next month, with the Whites targeting a temporary move.

McLeish insisted the former Aston Villa loanee needs to be playing regular football at this stage of his career.

He suggested a return to Elland Road could suit both parties.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Ross has got great quality. Whenever you see him coming on the pitch you think: ‘Wow, that guy is so talented.’

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“It’s just about him getting regular football because there’s a bit of inconsistency about him.

“I would have thought a player like that could enhance Leeds, so yes, get it done.

“You should only take loan guys if they’re extremely shrewd business. You need to be targeting the right players.

“If there’s a player available for loan then you know his parent club are not playing him too often. That is problem number one.

“Problem number two is how do you get the quality loanee in and where are they? That’s where it comes down to the recruitment team.”

Barkley has made four starts in 11 appearances for Chelsea this season.

Barkley spent a month on loan at Leeds from Everton back in 2013.

He started in three of his four appearances for the Whites, contributing an assist.

In other news, Leeds United have been tipped to sign two star players, including a striker, in January after Phil Hay update.