Leeds United edge closer to landing Maximilian Wober

Leeds United are closing in on a deal for RB Salzburg star Maximilian Wober

According to 90min, Premier League side Leeds United are nearing an agreement for RB Salzburg star Maximilian Wober in the January transfer window.

The Elland Road outfit enjoyed a fruitful summer where several players were brought in. Despite starting well, they were unable to sustain their pace and are now in threat of getting sucked into the relegation dogfight.

Jesse Marsch’s side are a mere four points off the bottom of the league but does have a match in hand over the teams around them. Not only are Leeds struggling to score goals but are also finding it difficult to keep them out.

They have let in 29 goals in the league this season in 16 matches so far. To put it into context, only four more teams have allowed more goals. The quartet of Diego Llorente, Robin Koch, Liam Cooper and Patrick Struijk have all struggled to step up and bringing in another player could prove to be a shot in the arm.

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It appears to be on the agenda with Wobel set for a medical before undertaking his £14m move to Elland Road. Marsch will be familiar with the defender, having signed him for Salzburg while at the club’s helm in 2019.

Good in the air and technically proficient, the 24-year-old has all the tools in his locker to be a hit in the modern game. He is, however, prone to bouts of switching off, and that is not something a team embroiled in a relegation dogfight wants to see in their players. Leeds will hope that Wober can be the defensive lynchpin they have lacked this campaign and help turn their season around.

At the quoted price, Leeds are well within their rights to take a risk on the young Austrian. His familiarity with Marsch’s playing style is another bonus, meaning he might not need much time to adapt to the setup at Leeds.

Marsch will, however, need more than just Wober to address his side’s shortcomings. Adding a striker or two to the roster will make up for Patrick Bamford’s injury troubles and Rodrigo’s profligacy in front of the goal. While Wober is a good addition at one end of the team, it would be too much to ask him to turn around the side’s fortunes singlehandedly. 


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