Thomas Christiansen today confirmed that Leeds are still expecting new arrivals before the start of the season but they are also calm. The reason for that is some brilliant and substantial business already, and it means we aren’t scrambling around with the season just two weeks away. Where do we still need to strengthen in the squad?

The majority of the positions in the squad are basically sorted, and competition fierce. There are a few outstanding areas in which we could do with some players and one or two where it wouldn’t hurt to add if the right players become available. Once the bulk of your transfer business is sorted it gets easier and Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta have done it fast, and very well by the looks of it. Yesterday saw the arrival of a key position, centre back. It is probably our weakest area as it stands but a very impressive debut today has meant that Leeds fans seem very satisfied we have at least two centre backs who are more than capable.

Centre Back

Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper were, until yesterday the only two senior centre backs at the club. Personally Liam Cooper isn’t going to help us improve on where we finished last season and his three years at the club haven’t really led to much progression in his game. He has captained the side at times this summer but for me he is back up at best. The arrival of Matthew Pennington has been welcomed by Leeds fans and the 22-year-old put in a very assured performance against Bundesliga opposition today. He was comfortable on the ball and dealt with the Gladbach attack. With Jansson suspended for the opening two games and injuries sure to come during the season we need another centre back for me, and it is quite important. If Luke Ayling is to play there at times then maybe that is a viable option, but you would expect Leeds to head back in for another.

Left Back

We don’t have one natural left back at the club. Gaetano Berardi is more than good enough to fill that position as a first choice, no doubt about it. However not having a left footed left back in the squad doesn’t seem viable in the slightest so I would say it’s the most nailed on position we will be looking at currently. Luke Ayling played there in the second half today and Vurnon Anita could possibly fill that void but realistically we need one, and it’s a matter of time before we get one in. Tyler Denton has been linked with Bradford City over the past few days and a League One loan, similar to Lewie Coyle is a must for his development too.


Although there are plenty of options in the forward ranks there still could be room if the right options become available. Caleb Ekuban has already signed and Marcus Antonsson seems set to stay, adding to the main striker Chris Wood. Ezgjan Alisoki has signed along with Samu Saiz and that covers the positions behind the strikers. The rumour of Ryan Kent is very tempting and that would add another option on the left. Alioski played down the left today, Roofe down the right. Hadi Sacko and Stuart Dallas also add width and Souleymane Doukara also provides more competition, although none of us really know his best position. Pablo Hernandez and Samu Saiz will fight it out for the playmaker role but you can never turn down a player who could improve you.

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Born in Gibraltar, raised in Scotland from a very young age. Been a huge fan of Leeds United since I could walk and talk, thanks to my Dad, the English half of me. After a few years in Australia I moved to Leeds, the trips from Scotland down to the city a few times a season didn't cut it. Love the city. Love the people, and the 12 hour round trip to Elland Road is about a 20 minute round trip. Love writing about the club, the more I write the more I feel comfortable doing it. As long as it's enjoyable I'll continue to do so, keep looking to step it up and progress as well. Leeds United is more than just a football team for me, as is it with so many others.

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