Leeds United take on Bolton Wanderers in the League Cup this evening, with Marcelo Bielsa ready to ring the changes. It is a testament to the good business done this summer and Leeds underrated strength in depth that the likes of Lewis Baker, Patrick Bamford and Pontus Jansson are all expected to come into the starting XI.
However, despite that, the Leeds boss has confirmed that the club is ready to bring in at least one more player. The Championship side has until the end of the month to sign loan players and it appears they are open to such a possibility.
So where do Leeds need to bring in an extra face?
It probably boils down to two options – centre-back or centre-midfield.
Leeds have started the season with full-back Gaetano Berardi at centre-back. The Swiss defender has performed well, but it is still not a natural position. Jansson is now back from World Cup duty with Sweden and Liam Cooper is also prevalent. However, many a Leeds fan would suggest it is an area of weakness.
“The project of building this team does not depend on the results of the competition.
“We would probably look at the opportunity of getting another player. This will match our initial project.”
One other centre-back option could be Kalvin Phillips, who operated in such a role at times during pre-season. But that leaves their other weak position open, central midfield.
Leeds sold Ronaldo Vieira this summer and have also banished Eunan O’Kane to the under-23s.
Mateusz Klich’s return from the cold has eased the midfield trauma, but another player in the heart of the pitch would not go amiss.
Based on Leeds’ early performances this season, another loan player might not even be needed. However, adding the last piece of the jigsaw might be exactly what Bielsa needs to take the Whites to promotion.