Leeds United boss Neil Warnock looks set to add another midfielder to his squad with news that the Yorkshire club has tabled a bid for SK Brann midfielder Rudolph Austin.
With former Derby midfielder Paul Green already in the ranks, Warnock is searching to rebuild a new spine in order to push for Premier League promotion this season. Having already trailed Austin when at QPR, the Leeds boss is evidently assured the Jamaican has what it takes to bring top-flight football back to West Yorkshire.
Austin has proven his ability at Brann, playing over 80 games for the Norwegian outfit in four seasons, and should fit in well at the Yorkshire club. With Michael Brown rapidly ageing and the departure of Adam Clayton to Huddersfield Town, there is a gap in the midfield that Rudolph should make his own.
More likely to be used in defensive positions than a box-to-box midfielder, Rudolph would play the role Brown did last season: sitting in front of the back four offering added protection.
He is a perfect Neil Warnock player: tough-tackling, determined, and not afraid to get in the tick of it. Five bookings and a red card after just 11 Norwegian Tippeliga games this season is all the evidence needed to show his fight.
Warnock has achieved seven promotions in his managerial career, a lot of them coming down to fighting spirit. He tried to inject this attitude into the Leeds team last season, a method that failed catastrophically as Leeds picked up nine red cards and 81 bookings.
But there is a difference between physicality and dirty play, and if Rudolph can respect this difference, he could be the key player in Warnock’s promotion campaign.
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