Leeds United eye swoop for 24-y/o EFL behemoth

Championship high-flyers Leeds United are eyeing a move for Oxford United defender Rob Dickie according to Football Insider.

It has been reported that the Whites have been blown away by the defender, who has helped push Oxford towards the top six in League One this season. However, they’re set to face opposition from Premier League duo Southampton and Burnley for the 24-year-old’s signature.

Central defender Dickie has been a behemoth for the Us over the last two seasons, after moving to the Kassam from Reading in the winter window of 2017/18. He struggled to make an impact at the Madejski, enjoying a loan spell with Lincoln City before his move to Oxford where he’s since started 85 league games.

He’s also a former England Under 19 international and he currently has 18 months of his contract left to run. His development since joining Oxford has been rapid; he’s turned into a stalwart of their back four and helped make the departure of Curtis Nelson seamless in the summer.

However, his exploits during Oxford’s recent cup run have now brought him to the attention of the bigger clubs, in much the same way as Shandon Baptiste and Tariqe Fosu, who both left in January.

Leeds are currently on course for a return to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.

Our View

Dickie has been a slow-burner, struggling to impress during his time with Lincoln. His move to oxford raised eyebrows amongst supporters at the LNER Stadium, but he’s never looked back.

He settled nicely in Karl Robinson’s side and has stepped up this season to become a vital part of their back four. He’s young enough to develop even more and a move to a big club seems the next logical step.

It’ll be a blow for Oxford, but Rob Dickie looks Premier League-bound.

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