Luke Freeman has told the Sheffield Star that he is happy with newly-promoted Premier League side Sheffield United amid reported interest from Leeds United this month.
Freeman, 27, joined Chris Wilder’s side in the summer for £5million (Mail) from QPR – after he had a hand in 17 goals for the London-based side last season despite being in the midst of a relegation battle. He scored nine and created eight.
However, he has managed just 12 appearances for Sheffield United since his move north – only five of which have come as starts. It has seen Leeds reportedly look to test The Blades’ resolve over the former Bristol City star.
The Sun claimed in Sunday’s print edition (page 61, January 5) that Leeds are eyeing Freeman – but the Blades midfielder has now responded when asked about the reported interest, claiming it is news to him and that he is happy where he is.
“It’s news to me completely. I’m enjoying my time at United, I’m enjoying the Premier League. So all I can do is keep working hard, and long may it continue,” Freeman said. “I just want to keep my head down and see where it takes me.”
TBR’s view – Signing Freeman would see Leeds finally replace Samu Saiz
A Championship stalwart with 163 second-tier appearances, Freeman is getting better with age and last season certainly saw the playmaker enjoy his best yet. He proved that he can create something out of nothing in the Championship.
Certainly, he was one of the division’s best attacking midfielders and if Leeds were to sign him this month, it would bring the best out of Patrick Bamford and hand Marcelo Bielsa with a permanent partner for Mateusz Klich in midfield.
Saiz left Leeds permanently last summer and the Spanish magician was not replaced. Signing Freeman would do that.