In Focus: Leeds United make surprising call over Pennington’s future

Leeds United are interested in signing Everton defender Matthew Pennington on a permanent deal, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

What’s the word?

The 23-year-old has been at Elland Road since the start of the season after joining the Championship outfit on a temporary deal.

Pennington suffered the worst start as he got injured during his first appearance for the Whites.

Since then, the defender has made five starts in the second tier and has come off the bench in a further seven matches.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claims that manger Thomas Christiansen is keen for Pennington to stay beyond his loan.

What will work best?

It will probably seem strange to some Leeds fans that the manager is reportedly keen on tying the defender down to a permanent deal.

The young player has not shown on a consistent basis that he is worthy of a regular spot in the team.

However, after Pennington was introduced in the defeat to Millwall last weekend following Liam Cooper’s sending-off, the defence improved.

The Warrington-born centre-back is yet to secure a spot in Everton’s first XI, so if the opportunity to become a key player for Leeds is on offer, he would be foolish to turn it down.

Pennington has made just seven Premier League appearances for the Toffees since he graduated from the academy.