Leeds United will no doubt be active in the January transfer window and one man they could look to bring in is Manchester United defender, Brandon Williams.
The Old Trafford youngster is set to be loaned out in January, with The Athletic claiming today that Southampton are at the front of the queue to try and sign the full-back on loan.
However, rather than a move to the Saints, could Leeds look to make a swoop for the promising youngster and in the meantime, solve a bit of an issue both for them and the Red Devils?
On the surface, a move could make sense. Williams, 20, can play both full-back positions. This would provide good cover for Luke Ayling as well as allowing him to move inside if needs be, while at left-back, it allows Marcelo Bielsa to keep deploying Stuart Dallas in the midfield.
Of course, Gjanni Alioski is there and has done well, but again, he is not a ‘natural’ full-back.
Options and versatility
Going into the second half of the season, Leeds will need good options and depth within the squad. Especially defensively where, despite the 0-0 with Arsenal last night, they have been vulnerable.
Williams coming in would give Bielsa freedom to tinker with his defence and system. For Man United, it would provide them with the chance to see one of their young players get valuable minutes, while also allowing him to work under one of the world’s best managers.
Rivalry is still there with Leeds and Man United. It will never go away. But that doesn’t mean that both clubs cannot work together for the common good of a quality young player.
Williams would surely relish the chance of working under Bielsa. And not to mention the fact he is a fantastic talent and someone with 38 Premier League apps under his belt already.
This loan move could, in theory, be an ideal scenario for all involved.