Leeds United now have a frontline and midfield bristling with attacking potential and intent, a better arrangement of personnel than from previous seasons.
Players such as Ezgjan Alioski and Samu Saiz have signed up for next season alongside current incumbents in Kemar Roofe, Hadi Sacko and Pablo Hernández. Whilst the Whites may threaten from the centre of the pitch forward, they are threatened elsewhere.
Going back a line, and Leeds United are stretched to threadbare breaking point, with Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper as the only recognised centre-backs in the first team set-up. Beyond that and the Whites would have to delve into the reserves of the Under-23 Development squad for the likes of Paudie O’Connor in order to fill out the centre of defence.
Obviously ahead of a new season, that wouldn’t be anywhere near the best of ideas. It is a situation also compounded by the fact that Pontus Jansson has a two-game suspension carried over from last season for picking up 15 bookings. In short, Leeds United need some central defenders…and pretty sharpish.
I’d expect to see at least two CBs come in. Looking at the domestic market.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 16, 2017
With the above tweet, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay sets the direction that Leeds United are casting their to when it comes to new centre-backs. For Hay it is the “domestic market” that Leeds United are scouring in an attempt to overcome their central defensive problems.
Social media platform like Twitter and Facebook are awash with names that Leeds are said to be interested in. However, according to Hay, it seems that it will be home-based players, such as Aden Flint and Tommy Elphick, that United will go after rather than continental players such as Andreas Maxsø.