‘Could make a lot of sense’ – Should Leeds United make January move for 28-year-old? Our View

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Ross Barkley is reportedly a player that Leeds United might look to move for in the January transfer window.

Leeds are finding their second season in the top-flight tough and a lack of squad depth is contributing to that.

The Mail have previously reported that Leeds would be open to a Premier League loan in January, with Barkley someone they may target.

Barkley, 28, has made just four Premier League appearances this season for Chelsea, whilst he knows Leeds well having had a short loan spell at Elland Road under Neil Warnock.

Our team – Toby (Neutral) and Kris (FA5) – discuss his potential arrival and whether Leeds should make their move:

A loan move for Barkley could make a lot of sense when you think about it.

It seems obvious that Leeds need to strengthen their options in the centre of the park in the January transfer window, if they are to have a chance of climbing up the Premier League table in the second half of the season.

Barkley is someone who can obviously fill that role, and the Premier League experience and ability he possesses is greater than Leeds’ current options in that position, so his addition could be a big boost.

Indeed, this could also help from a financial point of view, given their have been suggestion the club will be working on a tight budget in January, and a loan move would likely be more affordable than a permanent one, giving them the chance to get over the line and re-group in the summer.

I think signing a midfielder is an absolute must in January if we’re serious about our squad depth.

While cover for Kalvin Phillips might be what plenty see as the main aim, a number 8/10 option is more vital in my opinion.

Ross Barkley looks like a really viable option to me and he’ll be eager to revitalise his career after stagnating at Stamford Bridge.

Conor Gallagher has shown how moving away from Chelsea for a season can be really beneficial, and even though he’s older, Barkley falls into that category too.

He offers everything that we need from a midfielder as we head into January, especially since Forshaw has needed to drop into the Phillips role.