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Three reasons why Leeds should sign PL midfielder dubbed 'the next Paul Scholes'

COMMENT By Will Butcher

Leeds should bolster their midfield ranks with the signing of Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed after he is reportedly considering his future on the south coast.

The Daily Mail claim Reed is weighing up a loan move ahead of the 2017-18 season if manager Claude Puel stays on, after starting just one Premier League match this season.

Just Football claims Reed is ‘the next Paul Scholes’, with his hair colour not the only thing he has in common with the Manchester United legend.

Known for his accurate array of passing and combative nature on the football pitch, Football Insider considers three reasons why he would boost Garry Monk’s side.

Unearthed talent

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Reed is yet to be given a serious run of game time at Southampton that would allow him to finally prove just how good he can be. Making only 30 senior appearances throughout his career, choosing to go on loan could bring the best out of Reed and provide Leeds with a talent that has so far gone unnoticed. Southampton are known for producing some of the country’s best talents to date, including the likes of Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and James Ward-Prowse. Reed’s raw talent could be the missing key to ending Leeds’ 13-year stay outside the Premier League – it could see Monk unearth a gem.

Current midfield options

Kalvin Phillips has been frustratingly inconsistent this season. In October, the academy product earned the young player of the month award, but since then has been in and out of the side and is known for his rush of blood when it comes to discipline. Receiving two red cards this season, better quality is needed in the centre of the park than Phillips. Captain Liam Bridcutt and Ireland international Eunan O’Kane have also been guilty of inconsistent form, and bringing Reed in could finally put a stop to that.

Prove Puel wrong

With the bit between his teeth, Reed will be desperate to prove French boss Puel wrong next season after leaving him on the bench to feature just nine times for the senior side throughout the 2016-17 campaign. Giving him a new lease of life at Elland Road, Monk could see Reed shine in his side as the flame-haired star looks to prove to his manager and fans alike that he deserved more game time – and that could see Leeds benefit from a player showing his best form in England’s second tier as Monk eyes promotion next season.

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