As a rather young squad, one of the major requests by fans this summer was experience. Last year was a chastening one, mainly due to the youth of the squad getting wrapped up in the negativity engulfing the club. The problem for Leeds, then, is that many of their signings are of the same mould. Young and exciting with room to develop, yes; but also very little experience of the Premier League. Another name that could soon be added to this list would be Josh Tymon.
The youngster is currently thriving at Stoke City, and has received many admiring glances from across the Premier League. Leeds, though, are expected to make a move imminently to try and land a very exciting young player. The player is expected to be moved for due to the fact that Junior Firpo is now out for a number of weeks. The Spaniard suffered an injury in the pre-season win over Blackpool. Leeds will now look to bring in a young and exciting full-back who can cover for Firpo when he returns to fitness.
The 23-year-old is expected to be available for around £6m, making him well within the budget Leeds can afford for a squad talent. His arrival will be an interesting one, with Tymon approaching the age where he needs to be playing all the time to really improve. At 23, his growth has been impressive – and he will have a number of weeks to make a meaningful and positive contribution before Firpo is back fit again.
Stoke are keen to do a deal for the player, despite rating him highly. It is believed that coach Michael O’Neill would like the funds to help rebuild his squad on a small budget. The loss of Tymon would be tough to take, but the funds could be used to find other signings to help fill out other shallow squad positions.
Leeds, then, might be able to find a suitable replacement for Firpo. The injury to the Spaniard came at the wrong time, leaving Leeds short on full-back options and forcing them back into the market. Stuart Dallas is out until the New Year at the earliest, and Leif Davis has not been proven at any meaningful level quite yet in his career.
For Marsch, then, having another attack-minded full-back who is young enough to develop would be worth investing in. Though Tymon might not exactly be a top-class prospect or someone who can develop into an eight-figure sale down the line, he could offer a useful domestic option who can still get better.
Smart signings like this will be needed as Leeds look to add depth to the squad whilst losing two key players in Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.