Lewis OBriens' pride and professionalism is demonstrated by the fact that, after being denied the opportunity to join Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United last summer, the Huddersfield Town forward responded with the finest season of his career. There were no slurs, no transfers, just 8/10 performances, week in and week out.
Leeds United made four bids and rejected four, according to former Terriers chairman Phil Hodgkinson in September.
Lewis was aware of Leeds' interest, as were we, and Lewis was fantastic.
Lewis said, "I want to play in the Premier League." "Playing for someone like Bielsa with his reputation can only make me better," but I understand the proposals for the football club must be appropriate.
We explained why (the offer) wasn't acceptable to us, and Lewis reacted positively.
Leeds, Hodgkinson explains, eventually raised up to 13 million before accepting defeat. Ironically, OBriens' sought-after signature can now be obtained for less than that (TEAMtalk). The 12 million release clause in his contract has however been non-triggered.
Kalvin Phillips' departure to Manchester City left a hole the size of the peaceful sea in which Jesse Marschs' midfield sat. However, the additions of Marc Roca, Tyler Adams, and Mohamed Camara, may help to fill that huge gap. Even without Phillips, Leeds' 2022/23 team will be stronger.
As things stand, Roca has already signed with Bayern Munich. Adams, who worked with Marsch in the MLS, is in discussions to join the Spaniard for 15 million euros.
Nottingham Forest, according to the Daily Mail, is a viable option. If not the frontrunners, then surely one of the odds-on favorites.
The prospect of OBrien joining Leeds or Nottingham Forest must feel like choosing between being flogged to death or burned to death at the steak. On the other hand, Yorkshire rivals Leeds are one of their biggest opponents. Forest, however, are the team that broke Huddersfield hearts in extremely controversial circumstances six weeks ago.
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Lewis OBrien has played as a left-back and a wing-back this season, in his best position in midfield, as a number eleven, as a ten, and even as a number seven the other day. It's not just the fact that he can compete at a top-level every time he plays, wherever he's on the football field, it's how he reacts to how you force him to play in different positions.
He will be an exceptional player and he will never give up on his quest to be a top player.