According to reports from The Liverpool Echo and Yorkshire Evening Post Leeds are keen on securing a permanent deal for Everton loanee Matthew Pennington. The defender is set to have a spell in the side after Liam Cooper was sent off yesterday and will receive a four-game-ban.

Despite the result yesterday Matthew Pennington had a very good game once he came on just before the break. A few last-ditch tackles and powerful runs forward showed what he can do and he has the chance to cement a spot in the side now with Cooper out. Pennington arrived with pretty hefty expectations, the Everton fans convinced with some game time he could become a very good defender. His chances took a huge blow with an injury that ruled him out for a couple of months on the opening day win at Bolton, and this will be the first chance he has to really nail down a place.

It has been reported by Phil Hay and Liverpool Echo that Leeds will look to secure the young defender on a permanent deal come the summer with Everton. The jury is out for Leeds fans because quite simply we haven’t seen enough of him to judge and he comes into the side during one of the most difficult and important runs of the season. Leeds probably won’t have to pay much for the player with his contract running down at Everton and Sam Allerdyce more likely to stick with experienced defenders in the market rather than throw in more youngsters.

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