It’s a testament to Lewis O’Brien’s pride and professionalism that after being denied a chance to join Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United last summer, the Huddersfield Town talisman responded with the best season of his career. There were no tantrums. No transfer requests. Only 8/10 performances, week after week.
“We’ve had four offers from Leeds United and we’ve turned them down,” former Terriers chairman Phil Hodgkinson admitted in September.
“Lewis was aware of the interest from Leeds, as were we, and Lewis was fantastic.
“Lewis said: ‘Of course I want to play in the Premier League and playing for someone like Bielsa with his reputation can only make me better, but I understand the offer for the football club has to be right.’
“We explained why (the offer) was not acceptable to us and there was no negative response from Lewis at all.”
Leeds, Hodgkinson explains, eventually came up with £13million before accepting defeat. Ironically, O’Brien’s coveted signature can now be secured for less than that (TEAMtalk). However, the £12million release clause in his contract has not yet been triggered.
Is Nottingham Forest now the front runner for Lewis O’Brien?
Kalvin Phillips’ departure to Manchester City left a crater the size of a sea of calm in Jesse Marsch’s midfield. But the additions of Marc Roca, as well as Tyler Adams and/or Mohamed Camara, are helping to fill that sizable gap. In fact, one could argue that even without Phillips, Leeds’ midfield will be stronger in 2022/23 than the 2021/22 edition.
Roca has already signed on the dotted line from Bayern Munich. Corresponding ESPN, Adams – who has worked with Marsch in MLS – in talks to join the Spaniard for £15million. It is not certain if Camara would arrive alongside or instead of Adam. Anyhow, it’s not easy seeing a place for O’Brien at Elland Road from today’s perspective.
So enter Nottingham Forest Daily Mail. If not the leader, then certainly one of the favourites.
For Huddersfield fans, the prospect of O’Brien moving to Leeds or Nottingham Forest must feel like choosing between being flogged to death or burned on the steak. On the one hand, Yorkshire’s neighbors, Leeds, are one of their biggest rivals. However, Forest are the team that broke the heart of Huddersfield in the play-off final about six weeks ago in highly contentious circumstances.
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“An exceptional player”
“He’s a brilliant player,” said Huddersfield coach Carlos Corberan examiner live.
“This year he has played at left-back and full-back, at his best position in midfield, as number 11, as number 10 and recently even as number seven. But it’s not just the fact that Lewis O’Brien can compete at the highest level every time he plays, no matter what position he’s in on the pitch, he also responds to how you let him play in different positions.
“That makes him a special player. He’s going to be an exceptional player and he’ll never stop growing.”
In other news, the ‘extraordinary’ £18m Everton target misses training as he nears Leeds move
https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/07/05/leeds-have-just-left-nottingham-forest-free-to-sign-exceptional-12m-man/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=leeds-have-just-left-nottingham-forest-free-to-sign-exceptional-12m-man Leeds have just released Nottingham Forest to sign an “extraordinary” £12million man