Leeds United manager Marco Bielsa was reportedly against signing an extra defender in the summer transfer window following his arrival at Elland Road.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Whites wanted to sign a centre-back and were “looking closely” at 20-year-old Brighton ace Ben White.
But it’s understood that the Yorkshire giants didn’t want to overrule Bielsa’s transfer decision and that’s something that could come back to bite them.
Leeds are now facing a real crisis in their backline and could be down to just Liam Cooper as their only senior centre-back after the international break.
Pontus Jansson has pulled out of international duty with Sweden to have a scan on an injury, while both Luke Ayling Gaetano Berardi are set to be out until January.
With hindsight it seems a no-brainer that Bielsa should have bought in an extra centre-back before the beginning of the season and could have a difficult two months in the remaining fixtures before the January window.
White is currently on the books at Premier League club Brighton and is yet to feature for the first team this campaign, but has made two senior appearances.
The centre-back impressed in League Two last season out on loan with Newport County and having an extra body in the squad would be an immense help to Leeds right now.