Signing Cameron Borthwick-Jackson Is A No-Brainer For Leeds And They Should Do It
Leeds United are doing their best to remain in contention for a Premier League place, despite the disappointments of missing out on the play-offs, Garry Monk leaving and one or two high profile playing departures.
Their latest target is Manchester United’s young defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson who got into their team under former boss Louis van Gaal. He went on to make 14 appearances for the Red Devils but was not rated by Jose Mourinho (as so many young players are not) and was sent out on loan to Wolves.
Borthwick-Jackson made only 7 appearances during his loan spell and was sent back to Manchester where he featured for United’s under-23 side. Leeds though, are ready to offer him proper first team football and here we look at three key things that would make him a good signing for Thomas Christiansen.
Premier League Pedigree
I’ve written plenty of times on these pages about the need (though it’s easier said than done) to have Premier League quality in your squad if you are to get out of the Championship and Borthwick-Jackson would just about bring that.
True, he hasn’t set the world’s most valuable league alight. But his 14 games under van Gaal at least show that he has some PL potential and in theory, he can only get better. He did not look out of place as a young man in the Premier League so don’t be fooled by his demotion in the squad under Mourinho.
On that note, he is 20 years old and what we’ve witnessed so far is surely only a fraction of what he can go on to achieve in the game. With the normal rate of improvement, Borthwick-Jackson would get better for Leeds. At this age, he would make sure that he does his bit to personally increase the team’s ability or be worth a relative fortune down the line should they choose to sell him on.
His Chosen Position
Although the England under-20 international can play at centre-back too, his chosen position as an attacking left-back makes him a perfect fit for Leeds United.
Charlie Taylor’s decision to leave the club has left a gaping hole in their squad and it’s one that they do not look like filling, at least not with a like-for-like replacement. Borthwick-Jackson though, can be at least as good as Taylor and is even younger, with more potential. So this would be a no-brainer in terms of replacing the outgoing defender.