After spending nearly two decades at Everton, Leon Osman was released by the Toffeemen and found himself a free agent. According to the Mail Online though, this may not last for a great deal of time.
According to the Mail, Leeds United head coach Garry Monk “is weighing up a move” for the former Everton midfielder whose total football career has been spent at the Merseyside club.
After 16 years and 426 games for Everton in the Premier League, a spell that saw him score 56 goals and provide 37 assists, Osman finds himself looking for a new club for the first time in his career. The Daily Mail seem to think that it will be Leeds United and Garry Monk who become his football saviours and bring him to Elland Road.
Last season saw the veteran midfielder only accrue nine appearances and 217 minutes of Premier League action, only completing a full 90 minutes once vs Southampton – a game that ended in a 1-1 draw.
Whilst Osman possesses much top-tier experience, whether he would be a viable signing for Leeds United would be debatable. Leeds United have an abundance of midfielders of a more youthful standing that Osman could provide, with the former Everton man being 35-years-old.
Still, age is no barrier with slower legs being offset with a still-quick footballing brain. You only have to look at Joey Barton for evidence of that. However, two things possibly count against the Whites seeing Osman as an option: limited game time and the Cellino effect.
Having only had 217 minutes of action last season, it would be debatable whether Osman would still have the legs for the rigours of a full Championship season. Secondly, Massimo Cellino is reknowned for not having a liking of offering contracts to older players.
Mind you, saying that – it’s Leeds United and stranger things have happened at Elland Road.