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Leeds only has one area that desperately needs improvement in January; your defense.
With several senior players injured, their rear four must be taped up on a regular basis.
Which is the word?
With the transfer window now open, it represents the perfect opportunity for Víctor Orta to strengthen Marcelo Bielsa’s team.
Diego Llorente, Robin Koch and Liam Cooper are all injured, so adding defensive bodies is certainly at the top of Orta’s schedule.
Chelsea central Fikayo Tomori has been linked with a loan change until the end of the season, but now another option has been presented to Leeds.
Should Leeds sign Luke Mbete?
That’s Manchester City youngster Luke Mbete. The 17-year-old is one of the most impressive talents in his academy, and as a result, he is attracting the attention of both Leeds and Juventus.
That is according to the Athletic profiling the defender this week.
The new white
Although Tomori would have a much bigger impact initially, Mbete has shown that he has immense potential in the game. Therefore, it should be at the forefront of Orta’s mind this month.
The teenager has been described as a “fast” defender who is “built strong” by Micah Richards and could be the perfect remedy for Leeds’ problems.
After all, Dean Windass exclusively told Football FanCast last year that finding defenders with natural speed was key to Whites’ success in the Premier League.
Of course, Cooper is a bit slow, so supplementing that with a faster, younger defender wouldn’t be a bad thing.
We saw the benefits of that first hand when Ben White spent the season on loan at Leeds during his championship-winning campaign.
Writing about Mbete, Sam Lee from Athletic said: “He (Mbete) is tall and fast, but perhaps his most striking feature is his death.”
That immediately draws comparisons to White, someone who played wonderful passes from behind during his time in Yorkshire. He was confident with his balls forward, unlocking a series of opposition defenses with hypnotic cross passes. At times, it seemed like he was a midfielder, rather than a central midfielder.
Mbete is still pretty raw, but it would make a fabulous addition to Elland Road.
And in other news, Orta may uncover a big Dallas upgrade if Leeds dove for a £ 148k-p / w ‘fearless’ gem …