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TBR View: Leeds should reconsider ex-reported target Rico Henry in January window

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TBR View: Leeds should reconsider ex-reported target Rico Henry in January window

Leeds United welcomed some quality new players through the Elland Road doors during the summer transfer window and the club currently sit 15th in the Premier League table, with a seven-point cushion over the relegation spots.

Despite the fact manager Marcelo Bielsa is working with a strong squad, they are perhaps still lacking in a couple of positions.

One area that the Whites should look to strengthen when the January transfer window comes around is the left-back area.

The Yorkshire giants currently have consistent figure Stuart Dallas as the first-choice left-back, but his versatility means he can play elsewhere on the pitch and he was needed in midfield during the weekend.

That leaves Ezgjan Alioski to step in at left-back, but he’s a massive drop off in quality and his Leeds contract is expiring at the end of this season.

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Brentford defender Rico Henry was linked with Leeds during the summer transfer window and he’s someone the Yorkshire giants should look into signing in the New Year.

 

The Daily Mail reported in August that Bielsa’s side were one of several admirers of the English full-back at Championship side Brentford, who ended up narrowly missing out on promotion last season.

Henry remained at Griffin Park in the summer window unlike Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma who left to join Premier League teams, but he deserves to be playing top-flight football given his quality.

The 23-year-old is a left-back flyer blessed with plenty of pace, stamina and energy, something that would make him an ideal fit at Elland Road.

He’s been in excellent individual form at the beginning of this campaign by continuing as a regular in the Brentford XI and he’s part of a side that are strong in defence, plus he offers so much for them going forward with his accurate crossing.

Henry would most likely play second fiddle to Dallas at the start, but he’s a modern day full-back with so much potential to improve and Leeds should enquire into his availability ahead of January.

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