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Brentford’s Ryan Woods is the midfield enforcer Leeds are crying out for

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Brentford’s Ryan Woods is the midfield enforcer Leeds are crying out for

With the sale of Ronaldo Vieira confirmed on Wednesday, Leeds United may be expected to add another midfielder to their squad before their season kicks off on Sunday evening against Stoke City and that man could be Brentford’s Ryan Woods.

Wales Online claim that the Whites’ interest has faded of late, despite Vieira’s departure for Italy, as Swansea City have also acted on their interest for the former Shrewsbury Town midfielder.

The holding midfielder is in high demand and was mysteriously absent from an open day at Griffin Park this week, sparking further speculation that he may be on his way out of the club.

“Ryan Woods is dynamic holding midfield player. He is a talented young English player and we can help him develop and move on to the next level at Brentford. Ryan plays with his head up and looks to attack. He tries to pass the ball forward and that fits in well with the way we want to play football.”

Ex-Brentford coach Marinus Dijkhuizen was full of praise for him.

 

A deep-lying midfielder, the 24-year-old has been at the heart of all of Brentford’s progress and development over the past two seasons, breaking up play and spraying the ball all over the park to the wingers and attackers in his team.

With wing-backs bombing down the wings and a poacher in Patrick Bamford up-front, Leeds would relish having such service in their side with Woods adding bite and steel into midfield as well as an attacking outlet.

Averaging 5.8 long balls per game, Woods’ style may not immediately fit into Marcelo Bielsa’s more artistic style of football, but he does have all of the attributes required to be a success and offer a plan B to the Argentinian coach.

Swansea may have financial power to challenge Leeds and have recent Premier League history to point to, but Leeds’ fanbase and ambition is worth pointing to as the club must look to complete a deal for Woods if they are to strengthen all departments required.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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