Ben Parker has claimed on Twitter that Middlesbrough star and former Leeds United captain Jonny Howson would thrive under manager Marcelo Bielsa, moments after the Whites earned a 1-0 win over Boro on Wednesday night.
Leeds made it three Championship wins in a row as Mateusz Klich scored just before the half-time whistle. A neat one-two with Pablo Hernandez saw the Pole fire into the bottom corner, just after Hernandez had hit the post.
The win sees Leeds remain five points clear of third-placed Fulham, who scored a late winner to see off Swansea City thanks to Aleksandar Mitrovic. With 11 games to play, Leeds look in a strong position to go up after overcoming a blip.
Howson, meanwhile, clocked up 219 appearances for Leeds and even captained the side after making his debut in September 2006. The 31-year-old left the club to join Norwich in 2012, but ex-Leeds ace Parker reckons he would thrive under Bielsa.
Yeah I saw him and agree, thought he was their best player by a mile. And Jonny would definitely thrive here but not so sure I would hack it 🤦🏻♂️
— Ben Parker (@ben_parker19) February 26, 2020
TBR’s view – Should Leeds really consider a move to bring Howson back?
Certainly, if they were to look into a move for Howson, they would find a move easy to complete. That is because the ex-Thorp Arch academy product is out of a contract at Middlesbrough in the summer.
A Championship version of James Milner, Howson is able to play in a number of positions. Coming through the ranks at Leeds as a striker, he is mostly used as a central midfielder – but has been used in a three-man defence this season.
Howson boasts enormous experience and would be a decent squad player at Leeds, but whether Bielsa thinks Howson is off the calibre and quality of a side that could be in the Premier League next season remains to be seen.