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Leeds should move for Ben Gibson after Dyche admits defender could leave

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Leeds should move for Ben Gibson after Dyche admits defender could leave

Leeds are still well in contention for promotion from the Championship this season despite a recent blip in form.

The Whites are looking to use the final week of January to add some new faces it seems.

They are already set to sign striker, Jean-Kevin Augustin, as Marcelo Bielsa looks to avoid a repeat of last season’s collapse in the run-in.

PARIS, FRANCE – JANUARY 12: Jean-Kevin Augustin of Monaco warms up during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and AS Monaco (ASM) at Parc des Princes stadium on January 12, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

However, it’s not just about bringing in attacking players for the Whites. The whole squad isn’t too big when it comes to depth and quality.

That’s why then, with Burnley manager, Sean Dyche, admitting Ben Gibson could leave, Leeds should be looking to make a move for the defender.

Proven

While Gibson has struggled to adapt to Premier League life and has rarely started under Dyche, he is well versed in the rigours and demands of the Championship.

A regular for Middlesbrough over a number of seasons, including when they were in the Premier League, Gibson was a quality operator.

Ben Gibson

Leeds could look to sign Ben Gibson from Burnley this January.  (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Indeed, his form at the time for Boro saw him linked with a move to Manchester City at one point.

At 27, he’s still well in the prime of his career. You don’t suddenly lose that sort of quality and performance level.

 

If Leeds could manage to bring Gibson in, he’d be a shrewd signing for the Whites.

Cover and competition

Ben White and Liam Cooper have been excellent for Leeds this term.

However, it’s always healthy to have someone pushing first-team players to the limit. Most of Leeds’ subs are young players who aren’t ever going to dislodge the pair.

Ben Gibson

After being out of favour at Burnley, Ben Gibson could be a useful addition at Leeds. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Gibson, though, is another kettle of fish. His experience, knowledge of the league, and class put him straight into first-team contention in all honesty.

Furthermore, he’ll be desperate to play. While some might argue he won’t want to sit on the bench again, it only takes a knock or injury to open a door.

Cooper, in particular, has had a few injuries in the past few seasons. Leeds signing Ben Gibson, then, suddenly appears to make a lot of sense.

 

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