This article is part of Football League World’s “The Verdict” series, which features FLW writers’ personal opinions on the latest news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more …

According to Football Insider, Leeds United has started the transfer hunt for Queens Park Rangers defender Rob Dickie.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are considering adding the 25-year-old to their ranks ahead of the August 31st transfer deadline, alongside Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United.

Dickie, who signed for the Hoops from Oxford United last summer, had a brilliant start to the 2021/22 season, scoring three times as many games in all competitions.

Combined with his defensive performance last season, Dickie has proven to be a target for many top clubs – but would he be a good addition to Leeds? Time to see what the FLW team thinks …

George Dagless

I think he’ll end up in the Premier League at some point, but I think another season in the championship would be good for him.

He’s obviously started the season very well, with three goals in three games that caught the eye, but it’s his defensive ability that is most impressive and I can see why Leeds might like him.

He gets the ball off defense really well and makes QPR play which is obviously what Leeds are looking for in their defenders while being very adept at reading the game and fending off attacks.

I think he’s destined for the Premier League, but I think at least one more season with Rangers where he can really become the best in the league would be good for him before either moving up to them or making a transfer next year receives.

I think he will surely be happy to stick with the Rangers this season with the hopes they have for the season.

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Adam Jones

Considering the Leeds United squad is relatively young, it wouldn’t exactly be a long-term successor to any of their center-backs and Marcelo Bielsa may want to sack one of Robin Koch, Liam Cooper, Diego Diego Llorente or Pascal Struijk before leaving he catches up.

Still having the four center-backs there would block Dickie’s path to the first team and that’s where he’s going to want to be, even if he has to wait a few months for his turn.

This seems like a Lewis O’Brien-esque signing in the sense that Bielsa would likely work with both of them on the training ground before putting them into action, although Dickie has shown he can make the move easily.

He would be a long-term addition to Elland Road – and someone who could potentially become a regular starter at Elland Road if he continued on a similar path of development.

And after winning at QPR after moving from Oxford United last summer, why can’t he take it one step further?

The 25-year-old was rated highly at Reading Academy but was fired by the royals with the likes of Paul McShane, Liam Moore and Tiago Ilori ahead of the pecking order at the time – and he will be very keen on showing Reading of to everyone Clubs that they made a mistake to let him go.

This is one of the reasons it would be a wise signing for Bielsa – but he’ll have to sack a center-back or two if this move is to work.

Toby Wilding

This seems like an odd move for Leeds United to be honest.

Granted, Dickie has been extremely impressive to QPR since he promoted them to the championship last summer, so he might be ready to move up to the Premier League sooner rather than later.

With Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk all on the books right now on Elland Road, it just doesn’t feel like another center-back like Dickie is something they just have to add to their squad Midfielders and wingers seem to be on the agenda.

Indeed, with plenty of time left on Dickie’s current deal, QPR would be in a strong position to charge a reasonable fee on the center-back, which could consume part of Leeds’ budget that they may have to spend on other positions.

As a result, you feel that there may be more sensible options in other positions that Leeds should better target in the remaining time windows.