Bristol City winger Callum O’Dowda is keen for a fresh start next season, according to The Times, after being frozen out with the Robins following his refusal to sign a new deal.
The Republic of Ireland international hasn’t featured since early March and is now seeking pastures new.
O’Dowda has a year to run on his existing deal and boss Lee Johnson was keen to extend his stay at the club. Following his refusal to put pen-to-paper, the 23-year-old was frozen out of the first-team picture.
The tricky winger had netted five goals and claimed five assists for the Robins as they pushed towards the Championship play-off places. His absence from the team towards the end of the season coincided with Johnson’s men missing out on the top-six.
News of O’Dowda’s desire to leave could alert Leeds. Back in January 2019, a piece from Sky Sports reported the Whites’ interest in the winger.
Marcelo Bielsa will hope to put together a squad capable of reaching the Premier League next season. Given his Championship capabilities and undoubted potential, O’Dowda would be a decent signing for Leeds.
It is thought that the player could fetch up to £6 million, however, according to The Times. Whether Leeds would be willing to pay such a sum would remain to be seen.
The Whites should pursue the Republic of Ireland international at all costs. His quality was evident during the first 30 games of last season and he would slot nicely into the Leeds side.
It seems unlikely that a Premier League side will be forthcoming with an offer. At this stage in his career, he probably hasn’t quite done enough to warrant a top-flight move.
Bielsa favours playing younger players and the energetic O’Dowda would probably thrive at Leeds given their desire to operate on the front foot.
O’Dowda’s departure will represent a real blow for Bristol. If he does end up at Elland Road, Johnson is essentially bolstering a rival team and he will need to spend the money wisely.