COMMENT By Derek Smithson
Burnley midfielder George Boyd is reportedly set to leave Turf Moor in the summer and Leeds should act quickly to secure a deal.
Sky Sports reported on their transfer centre blog (6:59am, Tuesday 13th) that the 31-year-old is expected to leave the Premier League club on a free transfer.
The winger was not named by the Premier League on the club’s retained list at the end of the season despite his contract expiring this summer, but it appears he will now be free to move on.
Leeds are in desperate need of some extra quality in the wide positions as it was a position that let them down last season.
Former manager Garry Monk constantly changed between the likes of Hadi Sacko, Souleymane Doukara, Alfonso Pedraza, Modou Barrow, Stuart Dallas and Kemar Roofe.
However, the Yorkshire club need a new addition that can nail down a wide position in the starting line-up and should look no further than Burnley’s available ace.
Boyd played an important role last season in the top flight for the Clarets and missed just two Premier League matches.
The Scotsman made 39 appearances across all competitions and is renowned for his incredible work-rate.
He did only chip in with two goals for Sean Dyche’s side, but he has proven to be a lot more effective in front of goal in the Championship.
Boyd’s most prolific goalscoring spell was with Peterborough and he thrived during his time in the Championship with them scoring 22 goals and supplying 30 assists in 108 appearances in England’s second tier.
Leeds need to bring in players that will challenge for a starting XI spot and Boyd certainly has the quality to do just that.
He prefers to operate on the right flank and can be highly effective on his left foot with delivery, something that Chris Wood could thrive off.
In other Leeds transfer news, an international attacker has reached a decision after interest from the Whites.