One thing that Leeds United fans will readily tell you is that their club is one that generates column inches and copy for newspapers, both print and online versions. It is the nature of the Elland Road beast.
When it comes to ‘players’ being ‘linked’ to the club, well those column inches get ramped up some and writer’s fingers work overtime looking for sources or some kind of anchor point to use as leverage.
One rumour linking a player to Leeds United is the one regarding VfB Stuttgart’s Romanian attacking midfielder Alexandru Maxim. ‘Heavily linked’ with the Whites during both the summer and winter transfer windows, it seems that these rumours are starting to bubble under yet again, Maxim apparently being left feeling “heavy” at not being selected for his side’s latest game.
Reflecting on his omission from first-placed 2.Bundesliga side Stuttgart’s 19-man squad for the recent game against FC Heidenheim, the above-linked article says that “Monk target” Maxim’s absence “could signal his time at the club is coming to an end.”
German publication Stuttgarter Nachtrichten commented on Maxim’s omission from the 19-man squad, mentioning the still open transfer windows of Russia, China, Japan – with other changes available to clubs in countries such as Brazil and even Maxim’s homeland of Romania.
The Leeds United ‘interest’ came about via sources in Germany, an initial tweet and a follow-up reply from respected Bundesliga reporter Jonny Walsh (@jonathanwalsh_) below:
This ‘interest’ was ‘confirmed’ in a way with Walsh’s follow-up tweet the day after:
The original tweet from the VfB Transfers account (@VfBTransfers) says that Bliem, Alexandru Maxim’s agent, confirmed talks but stressed that the were “loose talks” and that a winter transfer, during this window, was seen as “unlikely”. That proved to be the case as the winter window in England closed nigh on three weeks ago with no sign of Maxim getting any closer to an Elland Road move.
26-year-old Maxim has featured in 17 2.Bundesliga games (831 minutes) for Stuttgart this season, contributing with two goals and five assists. The player also has a wealth of experience in Germany’s top flight, making 91 Bundesliga appearances, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further 25.
‘Grez sez’ – a verdict of sorts
There is little doubt that Alexandru Maxim is a player who would be a more than useful addition to the current Leeds United squad. He is a current 27-cap Romanian international, his last appearance for the national side coming on November 11 last year where he featured on the bench in a 3-0 loss to Poland in Romania’s World Cup Qualifying Group. Able to operate flexibly as both a left-wing and more centrally aligned attacking midfielder, Maxim would give Leeds Unied boss Garry Monk that versatility that is seemingly en vogue at Elland Road as of late.
However, the long and the short of it is this – don’t hold your breath. There is very little of any worth in what has been used to anchor these rumours, which Shakespeare would say ‘have been bred of an airy word’. Simply a case of rumours resurfacing on this one I reckon.