Luke Freeman is wanted by Leeds United as Marcelo Bielsa looks to add to his squad in the January transfer window.
The midfielder has been a bit-part player for the Blades this season. He started a couple of games when John Fleck missed out through injury earlier in the season but has since struggled to get into the first XI.
He did start the game at Brighton a few weeks ago. However, he was withdrawn after just 53 minutes at the Amex Stadium.
And now, according to Sun on Sunday (print edition, P61, Sunday 5th Jan 2020), Leeds are plotting a move for Freeman.
The Blades only completed the signing of Freeman in the summer. At the time of his arrival, it was reported the club had paid a then-record fee for the 27-year-old. That fee would be broken three more times in the summer, however.
But Freeman was still seen as a key signing for Sheffield United. Especially with the news that Mark Duffy was set to depart the club.
Time to move on?
Sometimes, things don’t work out for players for one reason or another. While this might be the case with Luke Freeman, it’s hard to see Chris Wilder wanting to let him leave just yet.
However, if Freeman is at the point where he feels he needs to be playing regularly, then Wilder will not stand in his way.
The Blades boss won’t want players in and around the squad who are seemingly sulking. Freeman, in fairness, is probably just getting on with his work and could well play a part in today’s FA Cup clash with AFC Fylde.
A good move for Freeman?
Make no mistake, if you’re going to join a Championship club on loan, then you can do far worse than move to Leeds.
The Whites are looking more and more like winning promotion as the weeks go by. Any player who denies he would like to be part of that and, crucially, working under Marcelo Bielsa, is probably lying.
If Luke Freeman does move to Leeds, then they’ll be getting a proven player. He scored seven times in the Championship last season for QPR.
We’ll see how this one pans out. But it would be a crying shame to see Freeman’s time at Bramall Lane end so prematurely.