We finally look like sealing the deal for a left back after a summer of searching. With the deal that is expected it seems obvious why we have waited for so long, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson looking like the likely arrival. Manchester United won’t have wanted to let him go until the back-end of pre-season, like many Premier League clubs.
Thomas Christiansen all but confirmed that he was a target by saying he had watched him a few times and really liked him, before saying that an announcement on a left-back should be sooner rather than later. Leeds have been eyeing Borthwick-Jackson for some time, the story that we were interested in him has been in the news for well over a month. The club have been in a tug of war with Burnley all summer over a fee for Charlie Taylor who did everything he could to get out of the club, including refusing to play at Wigan on the final day of last season, something that Leeds fans will remember well.
Gaetano Berardi is currently the first choice left back despite not being naturally suited to that position. Having a natural left back is a must, injuries and suspensions are bound to happen and not having one even in the squad would leave us very vulnerable. Tyler Denton is the only natural left-back in the first-team squad and he is set to be loaned out himself to a League One club after signing a new deal with Leeds today, a loan move crucial in his development at this stage. Borthwick-Jackson has played a few games in the Premier League and is highly rated by Jose Mourinho. He spent part of last season on loan at Wolves, but only played six times, the loan not working out quite as planned.