Leeds United need a centre-back. Injuries to Robin Koch, Diego Llorente and Liam Cooper have left Marcelo Bielsa’s side with a right-back at centre-back in the form of Luke Ayling – and a rookie in Dutch defender Pascal Struijk.
On Saturday, using a patched-up defence showed. Struijk and Ayling were put to the sword by Harry Kane and Son Heung-min as Tottenham won 3-0 – a scoreline would could have been a lot worse, with Illan Meslier making numerous saves.
The argument is that when signing a centre-back would see Leeds then have a surplus of central defenders when all return from injury – especially with Gaetano Berardi back in the next couple of months. But a defender is needed.
That is because Llorente clearly has a proneness to injury having suffered his initial problem, returning to make his debut, suffering another injury in that match – and since then, he has picked up another setback. Liam Cooper is also prone to injury.
Leeds need another centre-back and the ideal option is emerging in the Championship. Preston’s Ben Davies has refused to sign a new contract with the second-tier outfit – with the Lancashire Post stating he is keen on leaving Preston.
The Star state that Sheffield United and Celtic are interested in left-footed centre-back Davies – who will be available for nothing on a free. If clubs want to sign him this summer, he will cost £10million.
While £10million is pricey for a player who can be signed for nothing in the summer, Leeds need a centre-back now and they will hardly find a better ball-playing, left-footed centre-back for a price of that figure. Davies is ideal for Leeds.
Linked with a move to Elland Road in the past, Victor Orta has got to battle Celtic and Chris Wilder in the coming weeks and lure Davies to Leeds – finally easing the Whites’ lack of options at the heart of their defence.